Best sellers
Here's a list of best sellers from Publishers Weekly.

'My Life' not lonely on new-books shelf
With all that's been written and read, heard and said, about Bill Clinton's recently published memoir "My Life," you'd think it was the only new book in town.

Novel highlights courage of one of America's earliest nonconformists
"She is but a woman," Anne Hutchinson's ally-turned-adversary, the Rev. John Cotton, said during her 1637 excommunication trial. One sentence, duly transcribed by Puritan record-keepers of the Massachusetts Bay colony - and surely one of the greatest understatements of Colonial America.

Former prosecutor takes on D.A.'s office in new novel - and lawsuit

Woody Guthrie archives used to write praised biography
LOS ANGELES -- More than a dozen writers have tried to chronicle the vagabond life of Woody Guthrie, but none brought him alive quite like Ed Cray, not even Guthrie himself.

'Hidden Prey' has obvious assets

Woody Guthrie archives used to write praised biography

Book by shareholder activist recreates takeover frenzy

'Hidden Prey' has obvious assets
In "Hidden Prey," the 15th in this rich series of police procedurals, John Sandford offers a fascinating premise: What if there are Soviet sleeper spies, planted 50 years ago in upper Minnesota, still waging the Cold War?

'My Life' not lonely on new-books shelf

Former prosecutor takes on D.A.'s office in new novel - and lawsuit
NEW YORK -- Robert Reuland parked his black Mercedes station wagon at a meter and walked across Ralph Avenue to a half-dead strip mall.

Arts calendar

Book by shareholder activist recreates takeover frenzy
CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine -- Robert A.G. Monks, noted shareholder activist and worst nightmare of imperious CEOs, used to hear voices in the night.

Novel highlights courage of one of America's earliest nonconformists

'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."

'State Boys' reveals a dark episode of U.S. social history

'State Boys' reveals a dark episode of U.S. social history
"The State Boys Rebellion" is the kind of book that makes you give those conspiracy theorists a second listen.

Arts calendar
Here's a list of gallery showings and events in the Aiken-Augusta area.

Aiken is gearing up for Series

Edmonds leads Cardinals past Cubs

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

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.

Aiken is gearing up for Series
Grocery and convenience stores in Aiken better start stocking up on Big League Chew and sunflower seeds.

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

Miles making a name for himself on the field

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

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

Edmonds leads Cardinals past Cubs
ST. LOUIS -- A healthy Jim Edmonds is making a big impact on the St. Louis Cardinals' perfect homestand.

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.

Ex-All-Star working in war zone
Warming up alongside Mike Schmidt and Ozzie Smith at the Astrodome before the 1986 All-Star game, Chris Brown figured he'd play forever. Big, strong and full of pop and promise, he was a young Giant.

Mets activate Karim Garcia from DL

Ex-All-Star working in war zone

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

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

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Divers take part in underwater music event in Florida Keys
BIG PINE KEY, Fla. -- Using a red snorkel as a baton, a symphony conductor in scuba gear led a group of underwater "musicians" wearing tuxedos and sequins Saturday at the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.

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.

Second try lucky for record-breaking 100-year-old South African sprinter
CAPE TOWN, South Africa -- It took him two tries, but South African Philip Rabinowitz made it into the Guinness Book of World Records Saturday as the fastest 100-year-old to run 100 meters.

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

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

Braves' notebook
PHILADELPHIA - Nobody is having trouble keeping up with the Joneses. Just the opposite.

Braves' Hampton wins again
PHILADELPHIA - This is not like any cavalry you ever saw ride to the rescue in a John Wayne western.

Bowa ejected in third inning vs. Braves

Braves closing in on first place despite first-half struggles

Braves' Hampton wins again

Braves closing in on first place despite first-half struggles
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.

China's industrial output slows for fifth straight month

Good companies have an affinity for spending wisely
One of the hardest things to do in business today is to spend your advertising budget wisely.

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.

Ford, DaimlerChrysler, Ballard realign partnership to produce fuel cells

Business calendar

Titan boosts cash reserve for bribery probe, forecasts loss

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.

Businessman hopes to break curse of Broad Street corner

Weekly U.S. rig count up by six

Former Enron chairman pleads innocent to charges

Biz bits

Consumers feeling better despite disappointing economic news

Good companies have an affinity for spending wisely

Consumers feeling better despite disappointing economic news

Honda investigating reports of CR-Vs catching fire

Lay is biggest fish in Enron case

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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
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.

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.

Biz bits
Dennis Faircloth has joined Northwestern Mutual Financial Network's Bill Hill Augusta Group team as a financial adviser.

HealthSouth sentences raise questions about punishment

Augusta beer distributorship taps into consolidaton craze

Augusta beer distributorship taps into consolidaton craze
The cases of beer and ceiling-high stacks of 12-pack longnecks in the Beverage South warehouse take on the look of a city skyline.

Mayor takes exception to a little ribbing

Mayor takes exception to a little ribbing
City Ink's in trouble now. Augusta Mayor Bob Young has complained to The Augusta Chronicle's Executive Editor Dennis Sodomka about City Ink's account of the mayor's role in the Senior Citizens Council nutrition program contract.

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.

Groh: WR Anderson won't play this year

Players also endorse fifth year of eligibility

A test of accommodation

On banning gang garb
Some pupils and parents are upset that the Richmond County school board has voted to prohibit gold teeth, large belt buckles and baggy, saggy pants when schools open again in several weeks.

Poison to business

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.

Citizens are the key

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.

Citizens are the key
Crime-weary residents of Augusta's Bethlehem neighborhood are pressing the city for a new sheriff's substation. And we hope they get it.

Tenure vs. competence

A test of accommodation
If your neighbor were pouring known carcinogens into the air, you wouldn't much like it.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Genworth Financial posts sharp drop in net income

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

What's the best way to keep a vacation property in the family?

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.

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.

Study: paying more for mutual funds doesn't guarantee better results

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.

GE earnings up 3 percent in second quarter

College costs up again next year

Initial public offerings scheduled to debut
NEW YORK -- The following is a list of initial public offerings planned for the coming week, as provided by MCM EquityWatch.

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.

Study: paying more for mutual funds doesn't guarantee better results
NEW YORK -- In a review of fees charged by stock mutual funds, Standard & Poor's found that those with lower-than-average expense ratios consistently outperformed their more expensive peers over time.

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.

What's the best way to keep a vacation property in the family?
Q. What's the best way to pass down a family vacation property?

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.

Abbott Labs profit surges on solid drug sales

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.

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

GreenJacket's notebook
Peter Ciofrone became the latest Augusta GreenJackets player traded when the Boston Red Sox sent the utility infielder to the San Diego Padres on Friday.

Errors do in Jackets once again
Augusta made two errors Saturday night; Asheville didn't make any. Those two errors led to five of the Tourists' six runs as Asheville beat the GreenJackets 6-3 at Lake Olmstead Stadium.

Coceres takes two-shot lead in John Deere Classic

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.

Mallon struggles but maintains lead at Canadian Open

Goshen players are not on par
The toughest track on the Regions Cup schedule took its toll on the field in the Saturday's first round of the Goshen Golf Classic.

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

Coceres takes two-shot lead in John Deere Classic
SILVIS, Ill. -- Jose Coceres put himself in good position to win his third PGA Tour title, shooting two 3-under 68s Saturday to take a two-stroke lead in the John Deere Classic.

McCord joins other side

Golf capsules
DEARBORN, Mich. -- England's Mark James shot a 5-under 67 on Saturday and took advantage of Dana Quigley's quadruple bogey to take a three-stroke lead in the Senior Players Championship.

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.

Goshen players are not on par

Coceres leads; Taylor in hunt

Errors do in Jackets once again

Jackets stuck in lull

GreenJacket's notebook

Team players reach next level

College's futures meet in tourney

Hakstol selected as North Dakota men's hockey coach

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

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

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.

Van Hellemond resigns as NHL director of officiating

Coyotes sign center Mike Ricci

Campaign ads lack content to approve
If you watch a lot of political ads on TV, you've probably come to the conclusion that candidates differ on what's good for our country.

Doctors uncover key to diabetes detection
Leigh Steed was already working in diabetes as a nurse and engaged to a doctor who specialized in diabetes when the disease got personal. She found out she had type 1 diabetes, even though she was 29 years old and it usually shows up much earlier. A few years later, diabetes got even more personal when her 2-year-old son, Austin, was diagnosed with it.

Ed Tarver should be in the state Senate

'Chronicle' buried Edwards news; paper's mindset will not change
I have opposed the editorial position of The Augusta Chronicle for more than 40 years, because The Chronicle demonizes anyone who is one millimeter left of Adolf Hitler or the Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan. However, I fully understand that the owner of The Chronicle has every right to print his views, no matter how radical, right-wing, or redneck they may be, on the editorial pages. Paul L. Cook Augusta

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

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

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.

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

Get reliable information on our taxes

Translucent concrete lets the light shine through

Entertainment variety keeps 'em coming back to Branson

Style Briefs

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

Desolation Canyon: The rock garden

Government expands anti-mad cow restrictions

Paint-by-numbers guru looks back on craze

Salad fork's notched tine likely decorative

Builders see trend by homeowners seeking comfort

Modern-medieval Monaco worries over its future

New planet discovered

In the know

Canoe trail takes you back in time

Political past is everywhere in convention city

Cooking class reveals soul of Italian food

Industry feeds its fashion passion at Cosmic 2004

Lengthy search for new home pays off

Bathroom remodeling, step by step

Salad fork's notched tine likely decorative
Dear Carson: Please tell me why a salad fork has a notch on the inside of the left tine of the fork. - Notch in Tine

Translucent concrete lets the light shine through
WASHINGTON -- It used to be only Superman who could see through concrete walls, but an exhibit at the National Building Museum shows mere mortals can do it too.

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.

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.

Industry feeds its fashion passion at Cosmic 2004
NEW YORK - Israeli women love their tummy-baring tank tops and Dolce and Gabbana, while South African women embrace the local culture with their turbans, scarves and beads.

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.

Lengthy search for new home pays off
Gracie Jackson was on a hunt. A year ago, the Hephzibah resident left her Tobacco Road home searching for the perfect house.

Bathroom remodeling, step by step
Real estate and remodeling industry professionals cite a bathroom remodel as one of the top five improvement projects that offers the best return on investment.

Entertainment variety keeps 'em coming back to Branson
BRANSON, Mo. -- Seven million tourists visit Branson each year, making this tiny town in the Ozarks (population 6,500) one of the top 20 overnight leisure destinations in the country.

Keep your garbage disposal from clogging
Q. Shirley asks: My husband and I were arguing about what we could or couldn't dispose of in our garbage disposal to keep it from clogging. Can you help us out?

Desolation Canyon: The rock garden
THE STORY SO FAR: With Aaron's father hurt, the expedition struggles to bring him to safety. But as they continue down the Green River, they come upon the worst rapids of all.

Style Briefs
NEW YORK -- Voting is very fashionable this year. Isaac Mizrahi says high heels and voting are sexy, and Armani Exchange and Marie Claire have the collective message that voting is this year's style "statement."

In the know
Chad Wallace's proposal to Brittany Cliatt went like clockwork.

Modern-medieval Monaco worries over its future
MONACO -- Prince Rainier III, who reshaped this Riviera backwater into a sparkling hide-out for the rich, is 81 and ailing. And some wonder whether after his reign ends, medieval-modern Monaco's fate will be to melt away into neighboring France.

Builders see trend by homeowners seeking comfort
Be it rain or shine, night or day, there's no better place to enjoy both the beauty of the outdoors and the comforts of home than on a porch, according to Bettye Butler, of Plum Branch, S.C.

Political past is everywhere in convention city
BOSTON -- It's the site of one of the seminal events of the American Revolution, but the circular cobblestone marker draws little notice, except from the pedestrians and pigeons that occasionally cross it.

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.

Cooking class reveals soul of Italian food
PANZANO IN CHIANTI, Italy -- Deep in the Chianti wine country, I guided a rented Volkswagen over a nearly mile-long dirt road, past vineyards and olive trees and down a steep, narrow and gouged stretch that made the car's shocks groan.

Canoe trail takes you back in time
BRUNSWICK, Vt. -- This highway through the north country is shady and quiet, with tree limbs dipping low overhead and snapping turtles skimming through the shallow water.

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

Aiken horse country becomes hot property
KITCHINGS MILL, S.C. - The vast swaths of open acreage that surround the city of Aiken have been selling fast and are being converted from thorny pasture and timberland into polo fields, dressage courses and fox hunting tracks.

Show wraps up Fourth festivities
McCORMICK, S.C. - Across the Highway 378 bridge, a parade of lovingly polished chrome and steel antiques rolled into McCormick on Saturday afternoon, signaling the beginning of the third annual Thunder Over Thurmond festivities on Lake Thurmond.

District 24 pits Brush against Whitehead
While the two men vying for the District 24 state Senate seat share similar thoughts on what the top legislative issues will be in the next two years, they strongly disagree about how alike their platforms are.

Kid of the day

Burns leads fund raising in 12th

Post starts work with canine unit

Q&A with district 22 senate candidates
Q: How could you be an effective legislator for Augusta as a member of a minority party with a Republican governor who has the final say on legislation?

District 24 pits Brush against Whitehead

Post starts work with canine unit
FORT JACKSON, S.C. - Deafening barks and the jangle of jaws and paws against chain-link fences offer a noisy introduction to Fort Jackson's new military police dog unit.

Carolina NAACP will meet in Augusta

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

Carolina NAACP will meet in Augusta
The South Carolina state convention for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will be in Augusta this fall.

Doctors uncover key to diabetes detection

Outdoor workers search for ways to beat the heat

County weighs millage change

Waste's burial may be stalled

On Juan's birthday, day-care crusade continues
Juan Boatwright's family celebrated his 4th birthday Saturday, just days after a law bearing his name went into effect.

Agency seeks list of clients

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Across the area

Across the area
Richmond County sheriff's deputies are investigating a Saturday snatch-and-grab robbery at a Washington Road restaurant, officials said.

School shooter gets chance at reprieve

Drug raid ruling angers NAACP
GOOSE CREEK, S.C. - State NAACP officials say state Attorney General Henry McMaster's decision not to prosecute law enforcement officers or school officials involved in the Stratford High School drug raid is an injustice to the students.

County adds own inquiry into former Senate leader

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

Q&A with District 24 senate candidates

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.

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.

Aiken horse country becomes hot property

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.

News you can use

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.

Walker makes gains in cash

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.

Hotel owner protests inspector

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

TRUE GRIT

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.

State's DNA files expand

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

Miller, Cleland dispute remarks

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.

Two charged in deacon's death

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

Show wraps up Fourth festivities

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 area

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.

Drug raid ruling angers NAACP

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.

Legal matters alter campaigns for District 22 candidates
The District 22 state Senate Democratic primary race pits Augusta attorney and political novice Ed Tarver against former state Senate Majority Leader Charles Walker, a seasoned politician with a cloud over his head.

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.

Voters can get ballots in early
For all those early birds out there, Lynn Bailey has the perfect opportunity - advance voting.

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.

County weighs millage change
The first step toward a possible millage increase in Richmond County this year will be taken Monday.

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.

Q&A with District 24 senate candidates
Q: IF COLUMBIA COUNTY VOTERS SUPPORT MAKING school-board chairman a countywide elected position, would you push for legislation enacting the change?

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.

Reports note flaws in 15 of 51 SRS tanks
COLUMBIA - Federal inspection reports show that 15 of 51 tanks holding deadly atomic waste at the Savannah River Site are cracked, are rusty or have leaked.

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.

Across South Carolina
GREENVILLE - Furman University shut down a building after a woman came down with symptoms of Legionnaire's disease.

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 Georgia
ATLANTA - It will take nearly $61 million to fix problems at the Fulton County Jail that include overcrowding, inmate violence and vandalism, according to an internal jail report.

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.

Dedication marks group's growth
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Sam Crouch remembers when the National Wild Turkey Federation was housed in a storefront in downtown Edgefield and staffed by two people.

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?

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Quindarius Decarlos Ware of Augusta

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.

Kerry campaign gets lift from running mate

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.

Across Georgia

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.

On Juan's birthday, day-care crusade continues

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.

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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.

Legal matters alter campaigns for District 22 candidates

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.

Dedication marks group's growth

Lawmaker seeks change in Georgia juvenile code

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New trial keeps convict in Georgia

Child porn suspect will leave Georgia

Q&A with district 22 senate candidates

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

Tweak or two needed in sports
If sports were perfect, various rules wouldn't be revised and tweaked every year.

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.

Gordon takes 4th pole in row

Father, son relish Busch victory
JOLIET, Ill. - When Justin Labonte rumbled off on his victory lap, waving the checkered flag from his window, it was hard to tell who was prouder - father or son.

State Patrol looks into NASCAR's Bill Elliott flying chopper
ATLANTA -- The Georgia State Patrol is conducting an internal investigation into NASCAR driver Bill Elliott being given a shot at the controls of a state helicopter.

Father, son relish Busch victory

Szegedy nearly "crushed" by first attempt at Busch qualifying

NASCAR changes rules for scoring on pit road during caution

NASCAR changes rules for scoring on pit road during caution
JOLIET, Ill. -- Recognizing that complicated rules changes have led to new problems, NASCAR president Mike Helton said Saturday the series will return to its old way of scoring cars on pit road under a caution.

Harvick's already feeling the heat

Harvick's already feeling the heat
JOLIET, Ill. - Even before the start of today's Tropicana Twister 400 at Chicagoland Speedway, Kevin Harvick had been looking in his rearview mirror.

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.

State Patrol looks into NASCAR's Bill Elliott flying chopper

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.

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

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.

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 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.

Grizzlies' Bell injured in summer camp

Hawks give sales pitch to Martin
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Hawks are willing to wait for Kenyon Martin.

Rudy Tomjanovich agrees to coach Lakers

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.

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Marion Jones fails to qualify for 100 meters in Olympic trials

Olympic flame sparks Greco-Turkish row

Coaches promising "clean" team for Athens
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The men's coach for the U.S. Olympic track and field team says no squad will be more drug-free than the Americans in the Athens Games.

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.

Armed US guards to protect American athletes before Olympics

Summer fun? Not quite for gymnasts on Olympic bubble

Marion Jones fails to qualify for 100 meters in Olympic trials
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Perhaps it was the stress of fighting doping allegations. Maybe it was the physical and emotional strains of motherhood. Or perhaps time, and a new generation of sprinters, are finally catching up with her.

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.

Summer fun? Not quite for gymnasts on Olympic bubble
Summer camp is supposed to be all about fun and swimming and horseback riding and hot dogs, right? Not for those with designs of being on the U.S. Olympic gymnastics team.

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.

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.

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.

Elections don't always yield the best results
Americans romanticize a lot of things. One of them is the power of elections.

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I am closing a chapter in my life that I have enjoyed immensely. Many, many people have wished us well as we move to a new community and a new challenge in my career. I would like to express our personal appreciation for the warm welcome to Augusta and for the opportunity to serve as your administrator.

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.) ...

Sadly, Augusta's system fights change
I am closing a chapter in my life that I have enjoyed immensely. Many, many people have wished us well as we move to a new community and a new challenge in my career. I would like to express our personal appreciation for the warm welcome to Augusta and for the opportunity to serve as your administrator.

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.) ...

Elections don't always yield the best results
Americans romanticize a lot of things. One of them is the power of elections.

Armstrong recovers from early fall, finishes in pack

Colombia outscores Bolivia

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Swimmer comes home to celebrate birthday

Armstrong waiting to make move

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Armstrong shrugs off crash

Overtime
In Athens, Ga., Jeff Knox of Augusta turned in the day's low round to move into contention for the title in the Georgia Amateur championship, which concludes today at Athens Country Club.

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Armstrong waiting to make move
SAINT-BRIEUC, France - Lance Armstrong finished in a pack of riders behind Italy's Filippo Pozzato in the seventh stage of the Tour de France on Saturday, and remained in sixth place overall after the first week of cycling's premier race.

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.

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 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.

Swimmer comes home to celebrate birthday
EDITOR'S NOTE: Lantz Lamback is competing in the Paralympic Games, Sept. 19-27, in Athens, Greece. He will compete in four individual events (50 free, 100 free, 400 free and 100 back) and two relays. Lantz, 18, has been training at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., since May 31. Lantz is sharing his thoughts with staff writer Chris Gay.

Kerry campaign gets lift from running mate
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry says his selection of John Edwards as his running mate seems to have injected energy into the campaign. Still, he recognizes the dangers of being swept up by the excitement and growing complacent.

Want a hug? A squeeze? Ask Kerry or Edwards
NEW YORK - Bear hugs. Pats on the back. Shoulder squeezes. John Kerry and John Edwards are all over each other.

College's futures meet in tourney
A sneak preview of the Georgia Bulldogs' basketball future will pass through North Augusta this week.

Team players reach next level
Dantavious Lowe averaged 19 points per game last season for the Thomson High basketball team. Bookie Reese backed him with an average of almost 17 points. He also shot 41 percent from 3-point land.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Tweak or two needed in sports

Georgia's polled with the top dogs

'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
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.

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.

Gay-marriage debate fuels Showtime drama

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

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

Divers take part in underwater music event in Florida Keys

Endangered pelicans mistaking Arizona asphalt for lakes, creeks

Second try lucky for record-breaking 100-year-old South African sprinter

Odds and Ends

Book of Mormon to be published commercially for first time

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

Project provides totes, goodies for women coping with cancer

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

Religion News in Brief

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