'Angels in America,' 'Dirty Pretty Things' win Humanitas Prizes
LOS ANGELES -- The writers of the TV miniseries "Angels in America" and the dark thriller "Dirty Pretty Things" won $25,000 Humanitas Prizes on Thursday, awards presented for works that "entertain and enrich the viewing public."

Wood set to pitch Sunday
ST. LOUIS -- Just before the All-Star break, the Chicago Cubs are getting their ailing rotation back together.

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

Marlins feel fortunate to still be close in NL East

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.

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.

Rangers blank Indians

Orioles recall Leon to take Bauer's spot

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

Devil Rays add LHP Seay, option RHP Gonzalez

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.

No more No-mah? Boston prepares for future without longtime shortstop
BOSTON -- It took 58 games to get Nomar Garciaparra back in the Boston Red Sox lineup and another month for him to start playing like a two-time batting champ and five-time All-Star.

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.

Miles making a name for himself on the field
DENVER -- Trapped in a hotel room with a gun in his face and his teammates tied up next door, Aaron Miles was determined to make it out alive.

Indians' Escobar out for season

Mets activate Karim Garcia from DL
MIAMI -- The New York Mets activated outfielder Karim Garcia from the disabled list Friday and optioned right-hander Matt Ginter to Triple-A Norfolk.

Amid snipers and grenades, Brown recalls his All-Star night

White Sox outswing Angels

Miles making a name for himself on the field

McKeon, Torre get another glimpse of Rocket

No more No-mah? Boston prepares for future without longtime shortstop

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.

Mets activate Karim Garcia from DL

Indians' Escobar out for season
CLEVELAND -- Alex Escobar's once-promising career has hit another road block.

Amid snipers and grenades, Brown recalls his All-Star night
Amid snipers and grenades, Brown recalls his All-Star night

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.

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
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Stranger than a fish out of water: a kitten in the bay.

Endangered pelicans mistaking Arizona asphalt for lakes, creeks
PHOENIX -- More than 30 endangered brown pelicans have crashed onto sidewalks and roads in Arizona, mistaking the heat-induced shimmer of the paved surface for lakes and creeks.

Bowa ejected in third inning vs. Braves

Phillies survive Braves
ATLANTA -- Everything was going wrong for the Atlanta Braves.

Bowa ejected in third inning vs. Braves
PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies manager Larry Bowa was ejected in the third inning of Philadelphia's game against Atlanta on Friday night after a disputed home run by the Braves' Rafael Furcal.

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.

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.

Former Enron boss Kenneth Lay pleads innocent in corruption case

Lay is biggest fish in Enron case
WASHINGTON -- Federal prosecutors will need much more than the word of Andrew Fastow to convince a jury to convict former Enron Corp. chief Kenneth Lay of participating in an audacious scheme to deceive the government and investors of the failed energy company, private attorneys say.

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.

U.S. consumers increase borrowing in May

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.

Former Enron chairman pleads innocent to charges
HOUSTON -- Federal prosecutors have unveiled charges that placed Enron Corp. founder and former chairman Kenneth Lay at the helm of a conspiracy to make a severely shaky company appear healthy in the frenzied weeks before its scandalous collapse.

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.

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

Titan boosts cash reserve for bribery probe, forecasts loss

Adelphia founder guilty of conspiracy

Ford, DaimlerChrysler, Ballard realign partnership to produce fuel cells

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.

Weekly U.S. rig count up by six

Consumers feeling better despite disappointing economic news
WASHINGTON -- Consumers' spirits brightened over the past month as Americans felt better about the economy's prospects, an encouraging sign for the nation's economic well-being.

Lay is biggest fish in Enron case

Businessman hopes to break curse of Broad Street corner
The building at the southwest corner of Broad and 11th streets has been eating up restaurants for years, but a new-comer hopes to break the trend.

Consumers feeling better despite disappointing economic news

Ford recalls more than 170,000 defective vehicles

China's industrial output slows for fifth straight month

Oil prices surge after Bush administration issues new terror warning

Honda investigating reports of CR-Vs catching fire

Ford, DaimlerChrysler, Ballard realign partnership to produce fuel cells
DETROIT -- DaimlerChrysler AG and Ford Motor Co. would provide $58 million to a Canadian partner for further fuel cell development and alter their roles in the alliance as part of a proposed agreement announced Thursday.

HealthSouth sentences raise questions about punishment
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Emery Harris, the only person sentenced to prison in the massive fraud at HealthSouth Corp., is readjusting to life at home after his five-month term ended in June.

Judge denies Martha Stewart's second bid for new trial

Titan boosts cash reserve for bribery probe, forecasts loss
SAN DIEGO -- Titan Corp. said Thursday that it would sharply raise reserves to address a federal probe into allegations of overseas bribery and estimated a hefty second-quarter loss.

Portability rules create little stir

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.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.

Honda investigating reports of CR-Vs catching fire
WASHINGTON -- American Honda Motor Co. said Friday it is notifying dealers about a possible defect that has caused at least 27 CR-V sport utility vehicles from the 2003 and 2004 model years to catch fire after getting their first oil changes.

China's industrial output slows for fifth straight month
BEIJING -- Growth in China's industrial output slowed for the fifth straight month in June as efforts to rein in dangerously fast economic growth appeared to be taking effect, the government reported Friday.

Weekly U.S. rig count up by six
HOUSTON -- The number of rigs actively exploring for oil and natural gas in the United States rose by six this week to 1,207.

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

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.

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.

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

Consumers feeling better despite disappointing economic news

Nation's retailers report mixed sales in June

HealthSouth sentences raise questions about punishment

Former Enron chairman pleads innocent to charges

Businessman hopes to break curse of Broad Street corner

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.

Groh: WR Anderson won't play this year

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.

Richardson lawsuit against university dismissed

Groh: WR Anderson won't play this year
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- The Virginia football team will be without its top returning wide receiver this year, coach Al Groh told The Roanoke Times on Friday.

La Salle coaches placed on leave in rape investigation

CABA catapults talent, ambition

Players also endorse fifth year of eligibility

New golf course shapes into owners' plans

Tenure vs. competence
In California, more than 200 teachers have been caught cheating on behalf of their pupils. The teachers blame President Bush's No Child Left Behind Act, which they claim raises education standards too high for them to teach or pupils to pass.

Where to draw the line?

Poison to business

Wanted: roads, not pork

Tenure vs. competence

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.

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

Poison to business
The two Johns, Kerry and Edwards, can yak it up all they want about how their administration will "create jobs and fight for the middle class," but the business community, which does the hiring, does not share their sentiment.

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.

Velvet Revolver singer ordered to complete drug program
LOS ANGELES -- Velvet Revolver lead singer Scott Weiland has been ordered to complete a six-month drug program as a result of his no contest plea to a charge of driving under the influence.

People in the News
EDINBURGH, Scotland -- "Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling was praised for making reading "cool" as she received an honorary degree from Edinburgh University.

Malaysia allows screening of Mel Gibson film, but Christians only
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Censors have approved Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" for screening in Malaysia, but the government says only Christians should watch it and only specially designated cinemas can show it.

Oprah gives $1 million to Underground Railroad museum
CINCINNATI -- Oprah Winfrey has given $1 million to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and is narrator of an educational film for the museum, its administrators said.

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.

Courtney Love is no-show in Los Angeles court, warrant issued
LOS ANGELES -- Troubled rock star Courtney Love got a bench warrant for her 40th birthday when she failed to appear in court Friday for arraignment on an assault charge.

Alcoa profits up again on strong demand

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.

Abbott Labs profit surges on solid drug sales

New cancer fighter keeps Genentech profits on rise

GE earnings up 3 percent in second quarter

J.C. Penney raises earnings outlook on strong June sales

Tokyo stocks higher, dollar down against yen
TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks edged up Friday morning as investors sought bargains after five straight sessions of decline. The dollar was higher against the Japanese yen.

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.

College costs up again next year
Despite a recovering economy and exasperation in Congress, college tuition will be up sharply again next year - though experts say that once financial aid is factored in, students may not be worse off.

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.

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.

The Internet opens up a new avenue for penny stock fraud

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.

Money funds rose in latest week

GE earnings up 3 percent in second quarter
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- General Electric Co.'s second-quarter earnings rose 3 percent, narrowly beating Wall Street expectations as revenue climbed 11 percent, the company said Friday.

College costs up again next year

Abbott Labs profit surges on solid drug sales
ABBOTT PARK, Ill. - Abbott Laboratories' second-quarter profit more than doubled compared with results for the prior year, which were weighed down by a hefty settlement charge.

Strong GE gain boosts stocks
NEW YORK - Wall Street rebounded Friday as better-than-expected earnings from General Electric Co. brought buyers back to the market, but profit warnings from a number of other companies made for a largely subdued session. The major indexes suffered their second straight weekly loss.

Genworth Financial posts sharp drop in net income

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.

J.C. Penney raises earnings outlook on strong June sales
PLANO, Texas -- J. C. Penney Co. Inc. reported strong June sales at its department stores, even as other retailers posted disappointing results, and on Thursday raised its outlook for earnings in the April-June quarter.

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.

Tokyo stocks end lower for fifth straight session

Mortgage rates fall for third straight week

Genworth Financial posts sharp drop in net income
RICHMOND, Va. - Genworth Financial Inc., General Electric's former insurance holding company, Friday posted a 26 percent skid in net income for its first quarter as a public company, although results excluding items climbed 9 percent.

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

Fishing tournament news

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.

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

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.

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.

Planting the 'other' cabbage

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.

Jackets stuck in lull
The GreenJackets didn't get back from Greensboro, N.C., until 3:30 Friday morning.

Mickelson sluggish at Scottish Open, high on Royal Troon

McCord joins other side

Morgan shoots 65 to lead Senior Players

Mallon struggles but maintains lead at Canadian Open

Mallon struggles but maintains lead at Canadian Open
NIAGARA FALLS, Ontario -- After having everything go her way on the golf course lately, Meg Mallon showed she's also capable of responding to adversity.

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.

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.

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.

Mallon takes first-round lead at Canadian Open

Coceres leads; Taylor in hunt

McCord joins other side
DEARBORN, Mich. - Gary McCord is going to skip work to play golf.

Coceres leads; Taylor in hunt
SILVIS, Ill. - Jose Coceres waited out a lengthy rain delay and played into fading daylight Friday, taking a one-shot lead before play was suspended in the second round of the John Deere Classic.

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

Jackets stuck in lull

Van Hellemond resigns as NHL director of officiating

Van Hellemond resigns as NHL director of officiating
TORONTO -- Andy Van Hellemond resigned Friday as the NHL's director of officiating.

Hakstol selected as North Dakota men's hockey coach
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- North Dakota promoted Dave Hakstol to men's hockey coach Friday - no surprise after an endorsement from his predecessor and that he was the only candidate.

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.

Hakstol selected as North Dakota men's hockey coach

Wild sign former Bruins forward Rolston

Coyotes sign center Mike Ricci
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Free-agent center Mike Ricci signed a two-year contract with the Phoenix Coyotes on Friday.

Coyotes sign center Mike Ricci

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.

Get reliable information on our taxes
With elections a few months away, candidates are making the usual campaign promises regarding taxes. There are promises to cut taxes for the "poor," increase taxes for the "wealthy" and to "get rid of the IRS and replace it with something simple and fair." Jean Strein North Augusta, S.C.

Cain shows leadership Georgia needs

Tax exemption is still justified
Here we go again. Some spend-happy person, trying to drum up money to blow, is at it again (Editorial, " 'Romancing' the elderly," July 2). James R. Waid Appling

Get reliable information on our taxes

Vets shouldn't back Democrats

Ed Tarver should be in the state Senate

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

Ed Tarver should be in the state Senate
I have known Ed Tarver most of his adult life. Ed is nice. He is a family man of high moral character, honesty and integrity. Audrey M. Thomas Augusta

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

Cain shows leadership Georgia needs
Georgians have a unique opportunity July 20 to help shape the future of this country. In the race to replace Zell Miller as one of Georgia's senators, only one candidate showcases the bold vision and ability to guide this nation through the rocky waters that it now faces. That man is Herman Cain. Kevin Works Lincolnton

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

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

Where are the real conservatives?

New planet discovered

Paint-by-numbers guru looks back on craze

Mazda6 outsports rivals with styles

Desolation canyon: Runaway raft!

Johnny won't read: Report shows big drop in reading

Courier robots get traction in hospitals after fits and starts

Government expands anti-mad cow restrictions

Event calendar

Antibiotic-resistant strain of syphilis is spreading

Augusta's newscasters are not immune to bloopers

Health and fitness calendar

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.

Paint-by-numbers guru looks back on craze
CHICAGO -- Long before Elvis's face first hit black velvet, the guardians of all that is good and serious in American art had something else to bewail. This heresy was called paint-by-numbers, and Dan Robbins was its prophet.

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.

Johnny won't read: Report shows big drop in reading
NEW YORK -- The reading of books is on the decline in America, despite Harry Potter and the best efforts of Oprah Winfrey.

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.

New planet discovered
DALLAS -- Astronomers have discovered a planet orbiting a star in the constellation Orion - without ever actually seeing it.

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.

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.

Ultraviolet images reveal detail of Saturn's rings
LOS ANGELES -- Ultraviolet images of Saturn's rings taken by the international Cassini spacecraft may offer astronomers clues about the origin of the planet's shimmering halos of ice and debris, scientists said Wednesday.

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.

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

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.

Government expands anti-mad cow restrictions
WASHINGTON -- Closing loopholes in protections against mad cow disease, the Food and Drug Administration on Friday banned using brains and other cattle parts that could carry the disease's infectious agent from use in cosmetics and dietary supplements.

Kid of the day

State's DNA files expand
AIKEN - For more than two years, the parents of Aiken teen Jessica Carpenter waited anxiously without knowing the identity of their daughter's killer. It wasn't until a DNA match was made from a database of samples taken from convicted felons in Georgia that a suspect, former deliveryman Robert Atkins, was identified and arrested.

Missing-food calls continue

Dublin is set for Redneck Games
EAST DUBLIN, Ga. - Want to bob for pig's feet, hurl hubcaps and watch the ceremonial lighting of the barbecue grill?

Third Level Canal excavation yields artifacts

Burns leads fund raising in 12th
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Facing a tough re-election fight, freshman U.S. Rep. Max Burns says he has raised $1.8 million to defend his 12th Congressional District seat.

Across the area

Waste's burial may be stalled
AIKEN - A court order issued Friday could delay the opening of the federal government's desired burial ground for millions of gallons of high-level nuclear waste at the Savannah River Site, but observers said the ruling would have little short-term effect on the site's plans for waste storage.

School shooter gets chance at reprieve

Outdoor workers search for ways to beat the heat
COLLIERS, S.C. - Lynn Steele has a simple solution for a heat-stressed construction worker looking for relief on a blistering hot Friday afternoon.

Hospital suit includes MCG

School shooter gets chance at reprieve
COLUMBIA - The man sent to death row for killing two 8-year-old girls during a shooting spree at a Greenwood elementary school has at least one more chance to avoid execution.

Two charged in deacon's death
ROME, Ga. - The wife of a Baptist deacon and her alleged lover have been charged with murder in the man's stabbing death outside the Frito-Lay plant where he worked.

Agency seeks list of clients

Rants and raves
Because we receive a number of comments and questions about The Augusta Chronicle, we use Saturday's Rants & Raves to set the record straight.

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!

Waste's burial may be stalled

Accident yields probation
A Richmond County Superior Court judge sentenced a woman to probation Friday for causing debilitating injuries to a young mother.

Board begins passing changes to school standards

Agency seeks list of clients
In a Friday afternoon news release, Jeanette Cummings accused Augusta's Senior Citizens Council of refusing to turn over client lists to her agency so meals can be adequately delivered to seniors.

Burns leads fund raising in 12th

Lawmaker seeks change in Georgia juvenile code
ATLANTA - If a child takes a weapon to school in Georgia, he can be incarcerated for up to five years. If that same child commits murder, the sentence might be closer to four years.

Larke's salary shows decline

Walker makes gains in cash

State's DNA files expand

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.

Child porn suspect will leave Georgia
BRUNSWICK, Ga. - A Charlotte, N.C., church youth group adviser arrested on a federal child pornography charge last week while chaperoning youngsters on a trip to Jekyll Island agreed to return home to face court proceedings.

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

News you can use

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:

Woman's shooter receives 25 years
A man accused of shooting his ex-girlfriend in the face this January will spend the next several decades behind bars, a Richmond County judge decreed Friday.

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.

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.

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.

News you can use

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.

Tie to league puts Haines under fire
SAVANNAH, Ga. - The campaign of U.S. 12th Congressional District candidate Doug Haines now concedes that its Savannah political consultant was recommended by the head of a group accused of selling endorsements.

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

Hotel owner protests inspector

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.

Across the area

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.

County adds own inquiry into former Senate leader

Lawmaker seeks change in Georgia juvenile code

New trial keeps convict in Georgia

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.

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.

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.

Schools get a bit more money

Board restricts students' dress

TRUE GRIT

Man accuses officials of forcing resignation

Miller, Cleland dispute remarks

Kid of the day

Two charged in deacon's death

State certifies law school

Signs litter rights of way

Across the Southeast

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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.

Child porn suspect will leave Georgia

Across Georgia
LAWRENCEVILLE - A Gwinnett County man has been arrested and accused of playing a role in a million-dollar check forgery scheme.

Airport shuttle services offer options to travelers

Miller, Cleland dispute remarks
WASHINGTON - Two Georgia Democrats who were close allies when they served together in the Senate staged dueling conference calls Friday to discuss presidential politics and the "values" of the candidates.

Puppy in a blue dress is gone

Eight pupils fail repeated exam
Eight Columbia County third-graders failed a Criterion-Reference Competency Test re-exam and could repeat the grade when school starts in the fall.

Six men indicted on sex offenses

County adds own inquiry into former Senate leader
ATLANTA - Former Sen. Charles Walker's activities are now under the scrutiny of the Fulton County district attorney.

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

Hotel owner protests inspector
A downtown business owner is calling for the suspension of an Augusta Fire Department inspector because she says he abused his power during an inspection of her hotel.

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

Walker makes gains in cash
Former state Senate Majority Leader Charles Walker may be under federal indictment, but the campaign contributions are still pouring in.

Outdoor workers search for ways to beat the heat

Across the area
Richmond County sheriff's deputies went to a residence in the 1600 block of Emory Street on Wednesday to assist the Richmond County Department of Family and Children Services in detaining a mother of four.

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.

Airman's family sues over sale of ephedra
The family of a 21-year-old airman who took an ephedra-based dietary supplement while temporarily assigned to Fort Gordon and later died is suing the store who sold him the product and the makers of the product, documents state.

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.

Across South Carolina
ROCK HILL - Authorities found 31 stolen cars at a Clover salvage yard this week, and two brothers who operate the yard have been charged with illegally possessing them.

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
JULY 10, 1932 The slot machine war flared anew yesterday as city detectives confiscated machines in five establishments and impounded them at police headquarters. Charged with operating a slot machine were Frank DeLoach, John Alberson, Gus Antonokas and T.R. Beckum. The charges were booked against the men by Detective Sgt. M.O. Mathews and Detective Jack Hoover.

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

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Regina "GiGi" Stallings, 10, of New Ellenton.

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.

New trial keeps convict in Georgia
A man already under a death sentence in South Carolina will be held in Georgia during proceedings against him for the sexual assault and slaying of a young boy, a judge said Friday.

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.

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.

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.

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.

TRUE GRIT
BARNWELL, S.C. - Barnwell County Sheriff Joey Zorn mounts the stairs to his office with strained effort, the white sleeves of his uniform hanging loosely around his thin frame. His joints hurt, and the chemotherapy he underwent Tuesday has left him weak.

Third Level Canal excavation yields artifacts
They've barely begun cleaning up Augusta's Third Level Canal, but Atlanta Gas Light crews already have uncovered dozens of century-old artifacts.

Man is charged with impersonating judge

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!

Changes to taxes keep state in black

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.

Georgia's polled with the top dogs
They can't expand Sanford Stadium fast enough to keep up with the demand.

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.

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.

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

French flock to anti-Bush blockbuster by Michael Moore

At the Movies: 'Anchorman'

At the Movies: 'Sleepover'

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.

Yoko Ono takes gay marriage fight to the dance clubs

Domingo to sing and conduct National Opera in 2004-5 season
WASHINGTON -- Placido Domingo, director of the Washington National Opera, will both sing and conduct in the 2004-5 season.

Szegedy nearly "crushed" by first attempt at Busch qualifying

Szegedy nearly "crushed" by first attempt at Busch qualifying
JOLIET, Ill. -- Todd Szegedy is seeing orange after his first try at Busch Series qualifying.

Kenseth's championship chase is different this year

Gordon takes 4th pole in row
JOLIET, Ill. - Jeff Gordon stayed on a roll Friday by winning the pole for the Tropicana 400 at Chicagoland Speedway.

Gordon takes 4th pole in row

Junqueira would like to ditch runner-up status

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

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

Truck series qualifying washed out for second straight week
SPARTA, Ky. -- Bobby Hamilton doesn't think rainouts - at least when it comes to qualifying - are always bad.

Bryant's alleged victim hires libel attorney

Bryant defense says courtroom cameras would be distracting
EAGLE, Colo. -- A lawyer for Kobe Bryant asked a judge to ban cameras from the courtroom during his sexual assault trial, claiming they would be distracting and could influence jurors' decisions.

Rudy Tomjanovich agrees to coach Lakers

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

76ers, Skinner agree to contract

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.

Grizzlies' Bell injured in summer camp

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

Grizzlies' Bell injured in summer camp
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Memphis Grizzlies guard Troy Bell had knee surgery Friday after injuring himself during a summer camp workout a day earlier.

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

Rudy Tomjanovich agrees to coach Lakers
LOS ANGELES -- Rudy Tomjanovich, who guided the Houston Rockets to NBA championships in 1994 and 1995, agreed Friday to coach the Los Angeles Lakers.

Jazz reach agreement with Boozer

What they're saying about Mike Woodson

Players also endorse fifth year of eligibility
INDIANAPOLIS -- Keith Brumbaugh shook his head and sighed at the thought of spending five years playing basketball in college.

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

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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.

American sailor who requires testosterone gets Olympic OK

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.

Armed US guards to protect American athletes before Olympics

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.

Armed US guards to protect American athletes before Olympics
ATHENS, Greece -- Armed U.S. agents will watch over American athletes during a pre-Olympic training camp on the Greek island of Crete, The Associated Press has learned.

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

Olympic torch returns to Greece after global tour
IRAKLION, Greece -- The Olympic torch returned to Greece on Friday following an unprecedented global journey, greeted by folk dancers for the final leg of the relay past the sites of monuments, and epic battles.

Track and field limps into its darkest days

Hansen sets world mark; disappointment for others
LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Brendan Hansen set a world record to earn a spot on his first Olympic swimming team. Veterans Ed Moses, Brooke Bennett and Diana Munz found disappointment in the U.S. trials.

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 flame sparks Greco-Turkish row
PAPHOS, Cyprus -- Thousands of Greek Cypriots welcomed the Olympic torch on its arrival Thursday at the last stop on its tour of 33 countries before returning to host nation Greece.

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.

Hartwig misses out once again
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Jeff Hartwig is the American record-holder in the men's pole vault and a four-time national champion. But bad things seem to happen to Hartwig when the Olympics approach.

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

World champ Capel returns to scene of 2000 triumph

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.

Athens transport unions call strike to seek Olympic bonus

U.S. Olympic rowing roster set

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.

Olympic flame sparks Greco-Turkish row

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

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.

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.

Nearing primaries raise questions
The primaries are upon us. Some interesting questions to ponder: Will Ambassador to Outer Space Cynthia McKinney alight on Earth long enough to win the Democratic primary in the 4th Congressional District? Can former House Judiciary Chairman Tom Bordeaux (D-Savannah), a staunch opponent of tort reform, win re-election? Does anybody besides doctors, lawyers and insurance company lobbyists even know what tort reform is? Will businessman Herman Cain run for public office again if he loses the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate? (I hope so.) ...

Nearing primaries raise questions
The primaries are upon us. Some interesting questions to ponder: Will Ambassador to Outer Space Cynthia McKinney alight on Earth long enough to win the Democratic primary in the 4th Congressional District? Can former House Judiciary Chairman Tom Bordeaux (D-Savannah), a staunch opponent of tort reform, win re-election? Does anybody besides doctors, lawyers and insurance company lobbyists even know what tort reform is? Will businessman Herman Cain run for public office again if he loses the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate? (I hope so.) ...

Paraguay blanks Costa Rica in Copa America action

Overtime

Armstrong recovers from early fall, finishes in pack

Armstrong loses overall lead at Tour de France

Overtime

Colombia outscores Bolivia

Armstrong shrugs off crash

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

Armstrong recovers from early fall, finishes in pack
ANGERS, France -- Lance Armstrong recovered from an early fall and avoided a late crash, finishing in a pack behind stage winner and former teammate Tom Boonen of Belgium in the Tour de France on Friday.

Overtime
Four area players made the cut in the Georgia Amateur Championship, headed by Augusta's Jeff Knox.

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.

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.

Colombia outscores Bolivia
LIMA, Peru -- Defending champion Colombia beat Bolivia 1-0 on a late goal by reserve forward Edixon Perea and became the first team to reach the Copa America quarterfinals Friday.

Armstrong shrugs off crash
ANGERS, France - Lance Armstrong recovered from an early fall and avoided a late crash, finishing in a pack behind stage winner and former teammate Tom Boonen of Belgium in the Tour de France on Friday.

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.

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.

Players get to 'smite' enemies in Christian video game industry
PORTLAND, Ore. -- In the world of Christian video games, players sport the armor of God, the best weapon is a ball of holy energy known as a "smite," and demon-possessed Roman soldiers drop to their knees in prayer when they're hit.

U.S. tops list of donors to Vatican despite own financial foes
VATICAN CITY -- The United States remained the main source of donations to the Vatican despite the financial woes of the U.S. Church because of settlements in the sex abuse scandal, Vatican officials said Thursday.

Religion News in Brief
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- An advocacy group for separation of church and state plans to send volunteers to area church services to make sure there's no election-year campaigning from the pulpit.

Project provides totes, goodies for women coping with cancer
A flier about a young mother with colon cancer caught Amy Breitmann's eye in March.

Faith Calendar
The Faith Calendar is a roundup of church and temple activities. Space is limited. Deadline is noon Monday. Send items to virginia.norton@augusta chronicle.com.

Left-wing scholars attack the best-selling 'Da Vinci Code'
The religiously themed novel "The Da Vinci Code" has reigned at or near first place on best-seller lists for more than a year, bringing joy to author Dan Brown and to publisher Doubleday - but an unusual degree of scholarly dismay.

Book of Mormon to be published commercially for first time
SALT LAKE CITY -- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has agreed to allow Doubleday to publish the Book of Mormon, which the church commonly has provided for free in paperback editions.

Georgia's polled with the top dogs

NBC to air three prime-time hours of convention coverage
NEW YORK -- NBC will air one hour of prime-time coverage on three nights of the Democratic and Republican national conventions this summer, the network's news division said Thursday.

Public likes reruns during a slow week in television

'Explorer' moving to National Geographic Channel
NEW YORK -- The much-traveled "National Geographic Explorer" documentary series will move to National Geographic's cable channel in January.

Gay-marriage debate fuels Showtime drama

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.

Gay-marriage debate fuels Showtime drama
LOS ANGELES -- While the issue of gay marriage has received its share of television news and talk show time, it has been largely absent from TV series - until now.

Garry Shandling rested, ready to host Emmy Awards again
LOS ANGELES -- Garry Shandling is ready to host the Emmy Awards again after a four-year absence.

People in the News

Courtney Love is no-show in Los Angeles court, warrant issued

People in the News

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.

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.

Ford auctioning off Masters memories
Former Masters Tournament champion Doug Ford is selling some of his Augusta National Golf Club memories.

Endangered pelicans mistaking Arizona asphalt for lakes, creeks

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Odds and Ends

Radio show canceled following stunt at gay rights parade in Arkansas

Players get to 'smite' enemies in Christian video game industry

U.S. tops list of donors to Vatican despite own financial foes

Left-wing scholars attack the best-selling 'Da Vinci Code'

Book of Mormon to be published commercially for first time

Project provides totes, goodies for women coping with cancer

Religion News in Brief