Galleries
ART AND WINE: 215 Park Ave. S.E., Aiken; limited-edition etchings, wine; noon to 8 p.m. Monday-Saturday; live music 7-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday; (803) 649-9463.

On Broadway, the shows and negotiations go on

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

Martinez, Boston too much for A's

Mientkiewicz out after being hit by batting practice ball

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
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.

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.

Orioles recall Leon to take Bauer's spot

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.

Lowe claims problems in arm, not head
BOSTON -- Derek Lowe, pull up a couch.

Devil Rays add LHP Seay, option RHP Gonzalez
NEW YORK -- The Tampa Bay Devil Rays called up left-handed pitcher Bobby Seay from Triple-A Durham on Thursday and optioned right-hander Jeremi Gonzalez to the same club.

White Sox outswing Angels
CHICAGO -- Juan Uribe's game-winning, RBI single snapped the Chicago White Sox's five-game losing streak and saved his teammates from the wrath of manager Ozzie Guillen.

Tigers take a bite out of Yankees

Rangers blank Indians

Orioles recall Leon to take Bauer's spot
BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Orioles recalled infielder Jose Leon from Triple-A Ottawa on Thursday, replacing right-hander Rick Bauer on the 25-man roster.

White Sox outswing Angels

Pudge peeved over ejection

Marlins feel fortunate to still be close in NL East

Midseason picks no surprise

McKeon, Torre get another glimpse of Rocket

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.

Devil Rays add LHP Seay, option RHP Gonzalez

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.

Marlins feel fortunate to still be close in NL East
MIAMI -- The Florida Marlins fell from first to fourth in the NL East in a week, and they feel fortunate.

Rangers blank Indians
CLEVELAND -- Ricardo Rodriguez holds no grudges against the Cleveland Indians, although his performance said otherwise.

McKeon, Torre get another glimpse of Rocket
HOUSTON -- Jack McKeon, Joe Torre and many others thought the career of Roger Clemens was over when he left the mound to a standing ovation in Game 4 of the World Series.

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

Latest area births

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.

Radio show canceled following stunt at gay rights parade in Arkansas
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- A Little Rock radio station has canceled a popular morning show as police in a nearby community investigate whether the show's producer distributed a sexually explicit videotape at a gay rights parade.

Odds and Ends
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- If people say you've got two left feet, there's a thief somewhere with a deal for you.

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

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

Braves finish Expos easily

Smoltz carries new perspective

Hitter gets big workout on hunt
PHILADELPHIA - J.D. Drew was asked the other day whether there are any parallels between his two passions, duck hunting and hitting.

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.

Russian Central Bank tries to reassure country

Nation's retailers report mixed sales in June

Ford recalls more than 170,000 defective vehicles

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.

Oil prices surge after Bush administration issues new terror warning

Business briefs
Tourists are expected to spend more than a half-million dollars in town next week, tourism officials say.

U.S. consumers increase borrowing in May

Former Enron chairman charged under sealed indictment

Iraqi oil exports back to normal after southern pipeline repaired

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.

Russia executes order for Yukos to pay huge back taxes bill

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.

Consumer confidence still growing, poll says

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.

Portability rules create little stir

Portability rules create little stir
Bryan Williams says he won't seek out the best deals on new cell phone plans until the contract ends with his current mobile provider. Opting out prematurely is just too costly.

Oil prices surge after Bush administration issues new terror warning
NEW YORK - Crude oil prices in New York surged above $40 a barrel Thursday for the first time in more than a month after the Department of Homeland Security signaled terrorists were scheming to disrupt U.S. elections.

Industry urges hands-off approach for Internet voice calls

U.S. consumers increase borrowing in May
WASHINGTON -- Americans stepped up their borrowing in May as an improving jobs market and growing economy gave consumers more confidence to take on debt.

Boeing says two European carriers to buy 10 7E7s Dreamliners

Former Enron boss Kenneth Lay pleads innocent in corruption case
HOUSTON -- Former Enron Corp. CEO Kenneth Lay pleaded innocent Thursday to federal charges that he was involved in a wide-ranging scheme to deceive the public, company shareholders and government regulators about the energy company that he founded and led to industry prominence before its collapse.

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

Ford recalls more than 170,000 defective vehicles
CHICAGO - Ford Motor Co. said Wednesday it has voluntarily recalled about 171,000 of 2003 and 2004 model vehicles for a variety of defects.

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.

Judge orders mediation in fight over 'steakburger'
ST. LOUIS -- A mediator will decide whether Burger King can call its product a steak burger - or if competitor Steak 'n Shake Co. has exclusive rights to the term.

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.

Adelphia founder guilty of conspiracy
NEW YORK -- Adelphia Communications Corp. founder John Rigas was found guilty of conspiracy Thursday.

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.

Former Enron boss Kenneth Lay pleads innocent in corruption case

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.

Jobless claims plunge last week to lowest level since Oct. 2000

Adelphia founder guilty of conspiracy

Jobless claims plunge last week to lowest level since Oct. 2000
WASHINGTON --The number of new people signing up for jobless benefits dropped last week to the lowest level in more than three years, a potentially encouraging sign for a labor market experiencing a bumpy recovery.

Judge denies Martha Stewart's second bid for new trial
NEW YORK -- A federal judge Thursday denied Martha Stewart's latest request for a new trial based on allegations that a government ink expert lied on the witness stand.

Nation's retailers report mixed sales in June
NEW YORK -- A slow start to summer weather and higher gas prices stifled business at many of the nation's big retailers last month, giving the overall industry a mixed sales performance.

Judge denies Martha Stewart's second bid for new trial

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.

Former Clemson receiver finds his niche as a trainer

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
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.

Villanova placed on two years' probation
PHILADELPHIA -- Villanova's men's basketball team was placed on two years' probation by the NCAA on Thursday for recruiting and benefits violations.

UT set to outsource merchandise sales to retailer

Richardson lawsuit against university dismissed

Richardson lawsuit against university dismissed
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- A federal judge Thursday dismissed Nolan Richardson's $8 million race discrimination lawsuit against the University of Arkansas, but said he understood why the fired basketball coach felt the way he did.

Suspended Ohio State football player enrolls at Youngstown State

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
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.

CABA catapults talent, ambition

La Salle coaches placed on leave in rape investigation

New golf course shapes into owners' plans

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

Where to draw the line?

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

Where to draw the line?
How can you be against domestic violence, but be unwilling to "impose your views" on batterers?

Wanted: roads, not pork
There's a fight shaping up in Washington between Congress and the Bush administration over how much to spend on the nation's highway and mass transit needs.

An airport problem

Impact in space

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.

Wanted: roads, not pork

Vigilantes: good or bad?

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.

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

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

People in the News
LONDON -- George Michael might have expected some praise from adoring fans when he set up a chat room on his Web site.

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

Reports: 'The Bachelor' ties the knot off-screen
NEW YORK -- Unable to pop the question to Estella Gardinier on ABC's "The Bachelor" last fall, Bob Guiney wed "All My Children" star Rebecca Budig Saturday in a surprise ceremony, Us Weekly and People magazines reported.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Internet opens up a new avenue for penny stock fraud
NEW YORK -- Most investors take e-mails advertising a 300 percent return on penny stocks and relegate them to the trash bin. But those Internet promotions are still irresistible for some beginners lured by the promise of making a killing.

Mortgage rates fall for third straight week

Money funds rose in latest week

Tokyo stocks end lower for fifth straight session
TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks fell for the fifth straight session Thursday as investors, wary of surprises at Japan's parliamentary elections this weekend, sold technology blue chips. 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.

Yahoo's second-quarter profit more than doubles, but stock plunges on outlook

Alcoa profits up again on strong demand

Mortgage rates fall for third straight week
WASHINGTON -- Rates on 30-year and 15-year mortgages dropped for a third straight week to levels that homebuyers haven't been able to take advantage of since the spring.

Tokyo stocks end lower for fifth straight session

PeopleSoft shares fall on lowered outlook

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.

Tokyo stocks end lower, dollar down against yen

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.

The Internet opens up a new avenue for penny stock fraud

New cancer fighter keeps Genentech profits on rise

Money funds rose in latest week
NEW YORK -- Assets of the nation's retail money market mutual funds rose by $5.43 billion in the latest week to $856.29 billion, the Investment Company Institute said Thursday.

Alcoa profits up again on strong demand
PITTSBURGH -- Strong demand and a continuing rebound in aluminum prices drove Alcoa's net profits up 87 percent during the second quarter, the company reported Wednesday.

New cancer fighter keeps Genentech profits on rise
SAN FRANCISCO -- Biotechnology pioneer Genentech Inc.'s yearlong hot streak continued as the drug maker reported a 29 percent increase in profits on Wednesday, led by better-than-expected sales of Avastin, its newest cancer fighter.

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.

Yahoo's second-quarter profit more than doubles, but stock plunges on outlook
SAN FRANCISCO -- Yahoo! Inc. more than doubled its profit from a year ago, but the Internet giant's results still worried some investors accustomed to even more robust earnings growth and rosier management forecasts.

Stocks drop on poor retail sales
NEW YORK -- Stocks resumed their decline Thursday as investors, concerned that slumping retail sales would further slow the economy, abandoned small-cap and technology shares. The Nasdaq composite index extended its loss for the month to 112 points, while the Standard & Poor's 500 index fell into negative territory for the year.

Fish play now you see me, now you don't
Here today, gone tomorrow, is an oft-used expression that better conveys the current schooling fish situation on Thurmond Lake than anything else one can say.

Fishing tournament news

Fishing tournament news
Sponsoring a bass, crappie, catfish or other fishing tournament? Mail or fax your flyer or information to Fishing Editor, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, Ga. 30903-1928. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. Tournament reports must include first and last names of the participants, total numbers of fish and total weight of the catch.

Fish play now you see me, now you don't

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

Report: Kim Jong Il introduces hamburgers to North Korea

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.

Planting the 'other' cabbage
Talk about good taste and good nutrition: Chinese cabbage! Chop up a whole head and simmer it with onion in a bit of oil, then add some soy sauce and chopped ginger. Mmmmm.

Planting the 'other' cabbage

Compost can be a dirt cheap remedy for the poor soils

Compost can be a dirt cheap remedy for the poor soils
NEW MARKET, Va. -- A little rejection, they say, can be good for the soul. Good for the pocketbook, too, given some imagination.

Morgan shoots 65 to lead Senior Players
DEARBORN, Mich. -- Gil Morgan led after the opening round at the Senior Players Championship for the second straight year.

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.

Frustrated Daniel contemplating retirement if play doesn't improve

Mickelson sluggish at Scottish Open, high on Royal Troon
LUSS, Scotland -- Phil Mickelson skipped his practice round at the Scottish Open to get a look at Royal Troon, so his 1-over 72 on Thursday that left him seven shots out of the lead was not surprising.

Mallon takes first-round lead at Canadian Open
NIAGARA FALLS, Ontario -- Meg Mallon is keeping it going north of the border.

Mickelson sluggish at Scottish Open, high on Royal Troon

Mallon takes first-round lead at Canadian Open

Morgan shoots 65 to lead Senior Players

Taylor's one back after 63
SILVIS, Ill. - Jose Coceres birdied eight of his first 11 holes and shot 9-under-par 62 on Thursday to take a one-stroke lead over Augustan Vaughn Taylor in the opening round of the John Deere Classic.

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

Avs hire Quenneville as coach, demote Granato

Wild sign former Bruins forward Rolston
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Forward Brian Rolston signed a three-year contract with the Minnesota Wild on Thursday, giving the team one of its highest-profile free agents in its four-year history.

Wild sign former Bruins forward Rolston

Bruins re-sign defenseman Ian Moran

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

Wild sign free-agent defenseman

It's a good time for a getaway
Let's review. The Braves have a winning record. We've handed Iraq back over to the Iraqis. Gasoline prices are at their lowest in months.

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

Editorial takes unfair jab at seniors
I could sense the anger in the words of the editorial " 'Romancing' the elderly" (July 2). If this was a greed-and-grudge editorial, why take it out on the elderly? Doris A. Jones Augusta

Podiatrist asserts his innocence
I am writing this letter to assure those who have put their trust in me that the indictment charges resulting from podiatric care in nursing homes are false, and that I am not guilty. Mistakes were made when the patients were billed electronically for services, but the medical records for those patients reveal my true intent. Russell J. Ellicott, D.P.M. 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

Vets shouldn't back Democrats

Vets shouldn't back Democrats
The champion Bush basher, Carroll Kenny, is reporting to us again how the evil President Bush, all by himself, is destroying our great nation ("Informed veterans will back Kerry," June 27). Stephen McMillan Grovetown

We must regain spiritual center

Where are the real conservatives?
Over the past year, I have been closely monitoring election politics and have found that very few real conservatives exist any longer. Alex Thurmond Grovetown

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

Moretz offers leadership, values

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

Moore has the facts, but editorial did not

Where are the real conservatives?

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

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

Event calendar

Mazda6 outsports rivals with styles

New crop of seasonal fragrances is floral and fruity

Courier robots get traction in hospitals after fits and starts

Health and fitness calendar

Augusta's newscasters are not immune to bloopers

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

Fragrance makers hook up with Hollywood stars

Antibiotic-resistant strain of syphilis is spreading

One-tank trips: Myrtle Beach

Desolation canyon: Runaway raft!

Health and fitness calendar
The health and fitness calendar is a listing of support groups, activities and lectures. Send information to Health Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

Desolation canyon: Runaway raft!
THE STORY SO FAR: The searchers come upon Cassidy and Aaron's dad, both alive. But Aaron's father is hurt. As they try to help them come down off the canyon rim, Cassidy falls off a cliff.

Event 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.

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."

Antibiotic-resistant strain of syphilis is spreading
A fast-spreading mutant strain of syphilis has proved resistant to the antibiotic pills that are offered to some patients as an alternative to painful penicillin shots.

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.

Augusta's newscasters are not immune to bloopers
When you talk to a TV camera for a living, there are some things you don't do.

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.

Mazda6 outsports rivals with styles
Battling the popular Toyota Camry and Honda Accord in the midsize sedan category, Mazda officials knew they had to do something different.

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.

Courier robots get traction in hospitals after fits and starts
PITTSBURGH -- Near a pair of swinging doors at a local hospital, a cart sits apparently abandoned. Yet at the push of a button, it perks up to say, "thank you" and rolls itself out the door toward the pharmacy.

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

Process captures scent of living flowers
UNION BEACH, N.J. - A Garden of Eden for perfumers is in a most unlikely place.

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.

Across the Southeast

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.

Schools get a bit more money
AIKEN - These are the faces of a South Carolina fiscal crisis that has hammered public schools for the past three years, but has eased enough for state legislators to put more money in this year's budget for every pupil:

Suspect in theft also is wanted in assault

Campaign statement reveals sheriff's credit card number

Sen. Saxby Chambliss confirms he has prostate cancer

Girl, 15, says her stepdad bit her
A Hephzibah man was charged with child cruelty after being accused of choking his teenage stepdaughter and biting her fingers, officials said Thursday.

Farmers can receive disaster loan

Across the Southeast
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - A man who was accused of plotting to fire bomb abortion clinics, churches and gay bars was sentenced Thursday to five years in federal prison.

News you can use

Kicking gold out of class?

Switch leaves seniors unfed

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Hospital suit includes MCG
ATLANTA - Charity hospitals across the country are the subject of a coordinated legal attack to piece together a nationwide class-action lawsuit designed to puncture the cash reserves they've accumulated.

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.

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

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

Shooting rekindles residents' concerns

Hospital suit includes MCG

Mold sends Sanford to pool house

Schools get a bit more money

Across the Southeast

Larke's salary shows decline

Walker lawyers seek dismissal

Around town
Sherry Gordon, of Augusta, is defended by her son, Darnell, 12, during a pickup game of basketball at Gracewood Community Center in Augusta. Ms. Gordon won the mother-son battle Thursday 10-8.

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.

News you can use
JULY 9, 1942 Rumors that the suspension of Augusta Police Chief C.J. Wilson was linked with another department scandal were denied yesterday.

Board restricts students' dress
Gold teeth and saggy pants are out of Richmond County schools.

Rants and raves
SO ELDERLY AND disabled people are not receiving their daily hot meal, that Medicaid is paying for, because of problems with a transition to the G.A. Food Services. I have an idea, why don't we lock up Jeanette Cummings and the rest of those CSRA Regional Development Center idiots and not give them any food for a week or so? When they're hungry and they can't take their medication for their diabetes or heart problems because they haven't eaten, I'm sure they'll see what a lame excuse "transition" is. Shame on all of you! Shame! Shame!

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.

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.

Changes to taxes keep state in black
ATLANTA - Thanks to spending cuts and tax changes, the state ended its fiscal year a week ago in the black and with a small surplus, state money managers said Thursday, but they conceded it was touch-and-go until the books closed.

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.

Across the area
Richmond County sheriff's deputies are investigating an incident in which a 17-year-old told officers Wednesday she was sexually assaulted, a police report states.

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.

Board begins passing changes to school standards
ATLANTA - Middle school and high school pupils will soon be expected to read at least a million words a year after the State Board of Education took the first halting steps toward approving sweeping changes to the state's learning standards.

Signs litter rights of way
Political signs that have gone up lately throughout the area might be grabbing the attention of voters, but they also are catching the eye of city code enforcers.

Puppy in a blue dress is gone

Airport shuttle services offer options to travelers
Although their jobs are primarily to make it easier for locals to fly out of Atlanta, Ron Scantlin and Derrick Odland said they are not out to hurt Augusta Regional Airport.

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.

Man accuses officials of forcing resignation
Earlier this year, it took two open records requests and intervention by the Attorney General's Office for The Augusta Chronicle to obtain a Juvenile Justice Department memo critical of a corrections firm slated to take over Augusta's youth prison.

Evicted tenants can lose claim to goods

Man is charged with impersonating judge
Authorities have arrested a man who they say posed as a McDuffie County Superior Court judge in order to get his driver's license reinstated.

Kid of the day

News you can use

Four get reduced charges in beating

Missing-food calls continue

Report shows flaws in bidding

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - The State Law Enforcement Division has charged a Columbia car dealer with misuse of a dealer tag in connection with allowing Gov. Mark Sanford's spokesman to use a Corvette for more than a week.

Around town

Senators question contracts
COLUMBIA - Two lawmakers want state agents to investigate how the South Carolina Election Commis-sion awarded statewide voting machine contracts.

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.

Missing-food calls continue
A week after a Florida company took over the service, Senior Citizens Council officials say they are still receiving dozens of calls from seniors who are not receiving their Medicaid-funded meals.

Low-carb diet could be causing peach glut

Puppy in a blue dress is gone
NORTH AUGUSTA - It might seem funny at the outset - a missing Yorkshire Terrier wearing a blue dress - but for Kristie McKenzie, 26, it's no laughing matter.

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

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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.

Board begins passing changes to school standards

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

Kid of the day

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Derrick Reaves, 6, of Augusta.

Changes to taxes keep state in black

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

Man accuses officials of forcing resignation

Larke's salary shows decline
Richmond County Schools Superintendent Charles Larke was paid $219,000 in salary and fringe benefits for fiscal year 2004, a sizeable difference from his controversial paycheck the previous year.

Man is charged with impersonating judge

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.

Six men indicted on sex offenses

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.

Across the area

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.

Edwards might help swing states

Across Georgia
ATHENS - The homeless in Athens will receive food vouchers from donations collected at old parking meters downtown.

State certifies law school

Printing smudges polling location
Several of Columbia County's races will be decided July 20, but it could be hard to get voters to turn out if they don't know where to go.

Six men indicted on sex offenses
Four of five men indicted on separate sexual offenses are accused of assaulting minors, according to Columbia County grand jury indictments released Thursday.

State certifies law school
COLUMBIA - The Charleston School of Law can begin offering classes in August now that the state Commission on Higher Education has issued the school a license.

Rants and raves
SO ELDERLY AND disabled people are not receiving their daily hot meal, that Medicaid is paying for, because of problems with a transition to the G.A. Food Services. I have an idea, why don't we lock up Jeanette Cummings and the rest of those CSRA Regional Development Center idiots and not give them any food for a week or so? When they're hungry and they can't take their medication for their diabetes or heart problems because they haven't eaten, I'm sure they'll see what a lame excuse "transition" is. Shame on all of you! Shame! Shame!

Marine had hopes for better life
AIKEN - Pvt. Rodericka Antwan Youmans had a lot waiting on him upon his return from Iraq.

Board restricts students' dress

CNN, Fox resume battle of billboards
ATLANTA - The snarky billboard battle between two cable news networks didn't end when Fox News lost its lease on a sign across from CNN's headquarters last month.

Airport shuttle services offer options to travelers

SRS will preserve Cold War history

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.

French flock to anti-Bush blockbuster by Michael Moore

At the Movies: 'Sleepover'
Teen girl-power heroines are creeping up on bulbously muscled action heroes as Hollywood's most formulaic protagonists.

Mini reviews

At the Movies: 'Anchorman'

At the Movies: 'Anchorman'
What's in your salad bar could kill you ... but first, this film review. That's not so far off from the worst television news writing, just like the star of "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy" isn't so different from some of the dweebiest, most self-serious guys who come into your living rooms every night at 5, 6 and 11.

Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater locations through Wednesday.

At the Movies: 'Sleepover'

French flock to anti-Bush blockbuster by Michael Moore
PARIS -- France's passion for cinema and its collective antipathy for President Bush made Wednesday's opening of "Fahrenheit 9/11" a headline event that quickly proved a boon at the box office. But even Michael Moore could not escape that critical Gallic eye.

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

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.

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

Top 20 Concert Tours

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.

Yoko Ono takes gay marriage fight to the dance clubs

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.

Yoko Ono takes gay marriage fight to the dance clubs
NEW YORK -- Yoko Ono has joined the chorus in support of gay marriage by recording "Every Man Has a Man Who Loves Him," a gay-friendly version of a song she wrote nearly a quarter-century ago.

Hot ticket

Experimental group lets three friends make music together

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

Kenseth's championship chase is different this year
JOLIET, Ill. -- If these were the old days, Matt Kenseth would be getting nervous.

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
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.

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

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.

Kenseth's championship chase is different this year

NASCAR newsmaker Richard Petty

Richmond track offers fans a haven from rowdy drinkers

Johnson top driver in second quarter balloting

Dollars shift gears of success

Gordon a threat for fifth championship

Drivers trying to flag down changes

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

Junqueira would like to ditch runner-up status
TORONTO -- Bruno Junqueira is getting tired of finishing second.

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.

Junqueira would like to ditch runner-up status

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Lakers expected to hire Rudy Tomjanovich

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

Bryant's alleged victim hires libel attorney

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

Jazz reach agreement with Boozer

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.

What they're saying about Mike Woodson

Death threats found at house of Magic GM

76ers, Skinner agree to contract

Raptors sign Rafer Alston

Bryant's alleged victim hires libel attorney
EDS: ALSO moving on some news lines.

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

What they're saying about Mike Woodson
What they're saying about new Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Woodson:

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.

76ers, Skinner agree to contract
PHILADELPHIA -- Former 76ers forward Brian Skinner is returning to Philadelphia for a deal that could be worth $25 million over five years, a league source said Thursday.

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.

Jazz reach agreement with Boozer
SALT LAKE CITY -- The Utah Jazz reached an agreement with restricted free agent forward Carlos Boozer on Thursday.

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.

Thorpe shoots for third title on Champions Tour

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.

Pacers sign top draft pick Harrison

Hawks to announce Woodson as new coach

Media urges court to OK publication of Bryant case transcripts

Warriors sign first-round pick Biedrins

CABA catapults talent, ambition
The way Carl Lanham sees it, the Creative Advancement Basketball Association came along about 15 years too late.

La Salle coaches placed on leave in rape investigation
PHILADELPHIA -- La Salle men's basketball coach Billy Hahn and women's coach John Miller were put on administrative leave with pay while police investigate rape accusations against players.

Packers trade Reynolds to Colts for draft pick

Patriots release cornerback Smith

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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.

WADA wants more information on cycling investigation

American sailor who requires testosterone gets Olympic OK

Athens transport unions call strike to seek Olympic bonus

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.

Long jump champion to miss Olympics

U.S. Olympic rowing roster set
INDIANAPOLIS -- Rower Laurel Korholz earned her third trip to the Summer Games, joining 14 other Olympic veterans on the U.S. team going to Athens.

Athens hotel workers stage 24-hour strike for bonuses

Olympic torch visits Istanbul

World champ Capel returns to scene of 2000 triumph

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.

Track and field limps into its darkest days

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.

IOC would give hearings to U.S. relay team in 2000 doping case

Giving his best shot
Reese Hoffa couldn't resist letting out the inner-wrestler within him. Before the 2003 Home Depot Invitational, Hoffa whipped out a black mask and threw it over his head.

American sailor who requires testosterone gets Olympic OK
American sailor Kevin Hall, a testicular cancer survivor who requires a weekly injection of testosterone, has been cleared by U.S. and international governing bodies to compete in the Athens Olympics.

U.S. Olympic rowing roster set

Armstrong will skip Athens Olympics
CHARTRES, France -- Lance Armstrong is skipping the Athens Olympics, saying he needs to spend more time with his children.

First Bulgarian astronaut carries Olympic torch

IOC reviews Athens' 'hour by hour' preparation struggle
ATHENS, Greece -- Key construction projects have still not been finished, yet a top IOC official expects all problems to be resolved before the Athens Olympics begin in five weeks.

Swimmers take different approaches to making U.S. team

Security command center handed over to Greek authorities
ATHENS, Greece -- Olympic security contractors completed work Thursday on the command center that serves as the hub for the most extensive and costly policing network in Olympic history.

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.

IOC would give hearings to U.S. relay team in 2000 doping case
LONDON -- Michael Johnson would have a chance to argue why he should keep his 2000 Olympic relay gold medal if track's governing body rules the entire team should be disqualified for a doping offense by Jerome Young.

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.

Athens transport unions call strike to seek Olympic bonus
ATHENS, Greece -- Transport workers prepared to shut down Athens' rail and bus lines Thursday in the latest strike over demands for extra pay for next month's Olympics.

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.

Injury stops comeback bid of decathlete Dan O'Brien
PHOENIX -- Atlanta Olympics gold medal decathlete Dan O'Brien said Wednesday a pelvic bone injury has shelved his comeback plans.

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

World champ Capel returns to scene of 2000 triumph
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- John Capel had one of his biggest races four years ago in Sacramento in the fizzled Michael Johnson-Maurice Greene showdown in the 200 meters.

Phelps glides to record

Track and field limps into its darkest days
The finish line is in limbo.

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.

Paraguay blanks Costa Rica in Copa America action

Area youths dive in for more than just a swim

Armstrong takes overall lead in Tour de France

Youth team earns a spot in nationals

Overtime

Armstrong loses overall lead at Tour de France

Uruguay and Mexico break even

Overtime

More than a game

Armstrong gets his 60th jersey

Area schools to renew rivalry this fall

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.

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.

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.

Paraguay blanks Costa Rica in Copa America action
AREQUIPA, Peru -- Reserve Julio dos Santos scored on a penalty kick in the 86th minute Thursday night, lifting Paraguay over Costa Rica 1-0 at Copa America.

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
The Augusta GreenJackets returned to their losing ways on Thursday night, dropping a 5-1 decision to the Greensboro Bats.

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.

U.S. Open total prize money up 4 percent
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Total prize money at the U.S. Open will be at least a record $17.75 million, 4 percent higher than last year, and the singles champions each will win $1 million.

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

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.

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.

Armstrong loses overall lead at Tour de France
CHARTRES, France -- Lance Armstrong lost his overall lead in the Tour de France to Thomas Voeckler on Thursday, an honor the five-time champion willingly conceded - for now.

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.

Packers trade Reynolds to Colts for draft pick
The Green Bay Packers traded defensive end Jamal Reynolds to the Indianapolis Colts on Thursday for a future draft pick, getting at least a measure of compensation for one of the biggest miscalculations in their history.

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.

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

Augusta promoters could profit from new, big acts

Gloom and doom never end for Kutcher in 'Butterfly'

Boxed sets are classics

Public likes reruns during a slow week in television

The dawning of 'Atlantis' expands 'Stargate' franchise

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.

Ratings for basic cable networks
Rankings for the top 15 programs on basic cable networks as compiled by Nielsen Media Research for the week of June 28-July 4. Each ratings point represents 1,084,000 households. Day and start time (EDT) are in parentheses.

Public likes reruns during a slow week in television
NEW YORK -- So much for a public thirst for original material on TV in the summer.

Marlon Brando cremated after private memorial

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Kenny Rogers is the father of twins born in Atlanta

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Brando delivered his tough-guy roles with emotional complexity

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Madonna imitation could win hotel stay and concert tickets

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

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Lawsuit from Cole incident dismissed
ATHENS, Ga. - A federal judge has dismissed a $25 million civil lawsuit filed nearly a year ago by a former University of Georgia student against the state's flagship institution.

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

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.

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

New golf course shapes into owners' plans
The area's next golf course will be called Bartram Trail Golf Club, but if it needed a subtitle, Everyman's Course would be a suitable one.

Newspaper publishes wrong running mate

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Radio show canceled following stunt at gay rights parade in Arkansas

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