Actors union and Broadway producers reach an agreement

Actors union and Broadway producers reach an agreement
NEW YORK -- Broadway lights will continue to shine.

Recent photos by Irving Penn on exclusive view in Philly
PHILADELPHIA -- Sometimes, a wad of gum is just a wad of gum. But when it's the muse of photographer Irving Penn, whose 32 photographs of flattened chewing gum on New York City asphalt are on display at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the gooey circles are transformed from detritus to mysterious - even beautiful - works of art.

Frida's fame keeps growing, 50 years after her death
MEXICO CITY -- Fifty years after Frida Kahlo's death, her very private, raw and vulnerable work is only getting more popular.

Recent photos by Irving Penn on exclusive view in Philly

Museum dedicated to the 'scope and grandeur' of historical arms
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Liquor magnate Owsley Brown Frazier is trying to bring history to life through its firepower.

'Picon Pie': Celebrating the great Yiddish star Molly Picon

Small town's poet laureate still gets up to make the doughnuts
WINCHENDON, Mass. -- J. Patricia Holohan has a fancy title, yet she still gets up to make the doughnuts.

Times serializes "Gatsby," other books
NEW YORK -- In an unusual move to draw in readers and advertising dollars, The New York Times is borrowing from newspaper history and serializing a novel, the classic summer tale "The Great Gatsby," by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

The tango returns to Broadway with a revival of 'Forever Tango'
NEW YORK -- The sinuous, sultry sounds and dances of Argentina are returning to Broadway.

Times serializes "Gatsby," other books

'Picon Pie': Celebrating the great Yiddish star Molly Picon
NEW YORK -- Molly Picon was a star for more than 70 years, primarily in Yiddish theater, but she also appeared on Broadway in "Milk and Honey" and in the film versions of such stage successes as "Come Blow Your Horn" and "Fiddler on the Roof."

Frida's fame keeps growing, 50 years after her death

The tango returns to Broadway with a revival of 'Forever Tango'

Museum dedicated to the 'scope and grandeur' of historical arms

Small town's poet laureate still gets up to make the doughnuts

Feud fuels All-star attention

Clemens, Mulder named starters
HOUSTON - Roger Clemens will open the All-Star game for the National League.

Beltran back on All-Star team - on NL side
HOUSTON -- Center fielder Carlos Beltran switched All-Star teams Sunday.

Clemens, Mulder named starters

Fisher has a place in baseball history
Jack Fisher will always be remembered as one of the greatest pitchers in Richmond Academy history. On a much-grander scale, though, he is but a trivia answer.

Beltran back on All-Star team - on NL side

Different year, different story for the Expos in Puerto Rico
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Everything went according to plan last year for the Montreal Expos in Puerto Rico.

All-Star game for the aged: The older, the better

All-Star game for the aged: The older, the better
HOUSTON -- This All-Star game figures to be one for the aged.

Different year, different story for the Expos in Puerto Rico

Feud fuels All-star attention
HOUSTON - At least Mike Piazza will be wearing a mask, shinguards and a chest protector when Roger Clemens throws at him tonight.

Griffey tears hamstring, on DL, out of All-Star game
MILWAUKEE -- Ken Griffey Jr. went on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with a torn right hamstring and will miss the All-Star game.

Fisher has a place in baseball history

Odds and Ends
ANCHORAGE -- The stench broke the case of the missing halibut.

Pilot arrested after botched landing on freeway
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. -- A single-engine plane trying to make an emergency landing on a freeway Saturday clipped a van and flipped upside down, and the pilot was arrested for flying under the influence of alcohol, authorities said.

Braves shake sad start in display of resilience
ATLANTA - The first month of the season might have seemed like an eternity and the second month only a little shorter, but the Braves have made the last two weeks fly off the calendar like old times.

Atlanta only one game out at the All-Star break

Atlanta only one game out at the All-Star break
PHILADELPHIA - It was, in the words of Atlanta Braves closer John Smoltz, a "bittersweet first half.''

Brazilian president "optimistic but cautious" about economic prospects

Business briefs

Reports: Sony to launch new PlayStation by March
TOKYO -- Sony Corp. says it plans to unveil its next-generation PlayStation video game console before the end of March 2005, according to a news report on Monday.

Khodorkovsky renews offer to give up stake in Yukos

Sluggish software sales continue to sap industry's strength

Microsoft to launch online store

Business briefs
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Google Inc. plans to list on the Nasdaq National Market for its impending initial public stock offering, according to a filing Monday with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Google officials did not specify a date for its IPO or a ticker symbol.

Reports: Sony to launch new PlayStation by March

Microsoft to launch online store
SEATTLE -- Microsoft Corp. is planning an online store to sell Windows-compatible products - and promoting it in prime real estate right on the Windows XP start menu.

Part of Parmalat ice cream distribution business sold

Company wants a piece of eBay middleman industry

At 2-year anniversary, corporate fraud probers reach high-water mark

Airlines use in-flight exercise efforts to stretch their market share

Microsoft to release Windows security update in August
SEATTLE -- Microsoft Corp. will release a major update to the Windows XP computer operating system in August that focuses on boosting protection against malicious intrusions.

Franchise loss could hurt former Sheraton
Augusta has lost another premier hotel name. After letting its franchise expireat the end of June, the Sheraton Augusta Hotel on Perimeter Parkway is now the Augusta Towers Hotel and Convention Center.

Khodorkovsky renews offer to give up stake in Yukos
MOSCOW -- Jailed magnate Mikhail Khodorkovsky renewed his offer Monday to give up the 44 percent stake he and his partners hold in the beleaguered oil company Yukos to pay its tax debt, the Interfax news agency reported.

Morgan Stanley settles sex discrimination suit

Morgan Stanley settles sex discrimination suit
NEW YORK -- Wall Street brokerage Morgan Stanley on Monday settled a sex discrimination suit brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for $54 million.

Franchise loss could hurt former Sheraton

Part of Parmalat ice cream distribution business sold
TORONTO -- CoolBrands International Inc., whose frozen treat brands include Eskimo Pie, has acquired Parmalat's Kinnet Dairy DSD ice cream distribution business which operates in Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina. Terms of the deal announced Monday were not disclosed.

Wife of former Enron finance chief reports to prison
HOUSTON -- Lea Fastow, the wife of former Enron finance chief Andrew Fastow, reported to a federal prison on Monday to begin serving a yearlong sentence for a misdemeanor tax crime.

Leucadia National says it intends to buy MCI Inc.
NEW YORK -- Leucadia National Corp., a holding company, said it will seek antitrust clearance from to buy more than 50 percent of the stock in MCI Inc.

Airlines use in-flight exercise efforts to stretch their market share
NEW YORK -- Imagine a cabin full of air passengers, floating high above the Eastern seaboard somewhere between New York and Miami, squeezing their glutes and flexing their pecs.

Brazilian president "optimistic but cautious" about economic prospects
BRASILIA, Brazil -- Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said he is "optimistic but cautious" about the nation's economic prospects, based on the most recent official data.

Sluggish software sales continue to sap industry's strength
SAN FRANCISCO -- The U.S. economy is steaming ahead, but many of the nation's biggest business software makers seem to be sputtering.

At 2-year anniversary, corporate fraud probers reach high-water mark
WASHINGTON -- The Corporate Fraud Task Force, created two years ago in response to a wave of company scandals, has reached a high-water mark with the addition of Enron Corp. chief Kenneth Lay to a lengthy roster of senior executives charged with crimes.

Business briefs
You're thick in the middle of an aggressive job hunt, but your e-mail is bare and your telephone's not jangling by employers hot to talk with you.

Company wants a piece of eBay middleman industry
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- When Russ Grove bought a car on eBay seven years ago, it struck him that buying was much easier than selling on the online auction site.

Wife of former Enron finance chief reports to prison

Mississippi State coach finds strength in numbers
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- The man in charge of making Mississippi State's football players bigger, faster and stronger is most concerned with making them better.

Mississippi State coach finds strength in numbers

St. Bonaventure seeks dismissal of former coach's lawsuit

Investigate bid policy
The Georgia Department of Audits and Accounts has come up with some disturbing information concerning the awarding of state contracts - more than 75 percent of them were not competitively bid.

Does substance matter?
The Democrats next door have pulled up in a shiny new Edwards. And so, some Republicans are fantasizing about trading in their vintage vice president for a flashier model.

War still justified
Those who have been following the various investigations into the nation's intelligence system were not surprised at the U.S. Senate's scathing criticisms vis-a-vis the run-up to the Iraq war.

War still justified

Does substance matter?

West Bank and mistrust
As if there weren't enough barriers to peace in the Mideast!

Isabel Sanford - Weezie on 'The Jeffersons' - dead at 86
LOS ANGELES -- Actress Isabel Sanford, best known as "Weezie," Louise Jefferson on the television sitcom "The Jeffersons," died of natural causes, her publicist said Monday. She was 86.

People in the News
KEY WEST, Fla. -- Rosie O'Donnell's new cruise line is getting a warm welcome in sunny Key West.

People in the News
NEW YORK -- Clint Eastwood and Steven Spielberg reportedly are joining forces to bring the World War II battle of Iwo Jima to the big screen.

Why is lampooning anchormen so easy? Stay tuned ...
NEW YORK -- Will Ferrell's title character in "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy" is faced with a serious female colleague for the first time. Diversity is the reason, he's told. But he thinks diversity is the name of an old wooden ship from the Civil War.

Merv Griffin gives Nancy Reagan a puppy - named Dutchess
LOS ANGELES -- Longtime pal Merv Griffin gave Nancy Reagan a Shar-Pei puppy she named Dutchess in honor of her late husband, former President Reagan.

Pat O'Brien leaves 'Access Hollywood' for 'The Insider'
NEW YORK -- "You will never hear me ask what someone is wearing again," says Pat O'Brien, talking about his new syndicated entertainment show, "The Insider."

Rates mixed in Treasury bill auction
WASHINGTON -- Interest rates on short-term Treasury securities were mixed in Monday's auction.

Google to list on Nasdaq
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Google Inc. plans to list on the Nasdaq National Market for its impending initial public stock offering, according to a filing Monday with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

In quest for work, some jobseekers go where the openings are

Small steps can produce big energy savings
NEW YORK -- While consumers fret this summer about rising gasoline prices, they may be missing the fact that their homes are also guzzling fuel.

Frugal generation finds itself in debt, bankruptcy court

In quest for work, some jobseekers go where the openings are
On a recent afternoon, Chris Marquis finished work early to get home for his daughter's graduation party - so he checked out of the Cincinnati hotel he's lived in since January, and set off on what has become an all-too-familiar six-hour commute.

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

NCR raises earnings forecast
DAYTON, Ohio - NCR Corp., a leading maker of ATMs and cash register, said it expects second-quarter results to exceed expectations due to strong sales and gains in efficiency.

Tokyo stocks rise for two straight trading session

SunTrust profit rises 10 percent on growth in all businesses
ATLANTA - SunTrust Banks Inc. Monday said second-quarter profit climbed 10 percent, thanks to growth in all its businesses.

NCR raises earnings forecast

Tokyo stocks rise for two straight trading session
TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks advanced Monday, extending gains late last week as investors responded positively to results from Japan's weekend upper house elections that left Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's ruling bloc in control. The U.S. dollar was lower against the Japanese yen.

Small steps can produce big energy savings

Google to list on Nasdaq

Stocks mixed as investors puzzle out earnings
NEW YORK -- An analyst downgrade of the semiconductor sector sent technology shares lower Monday, but the overall stock market ended mixed as large-caps benefited from a late-day rally.

Frugal generation finds itself in debt, bankruptcy court
NEW YORK -- America's seniors, who weathered the Great Depression or grew up in its shadow, have a reputation for frugality and saving. Of all generations, this was the one that got it right by pinching pennies, avoiding credit and putting money away for retirement and to pass on to their children.

Rates mixed in Treasury bill auction

Stocks mixed as investors puzzle out earnings

SunTrust profit rises 10 percent on growth in all businesses

Big Movers in the Stock Market

Europeans scoff at bioengineered beer
COPENHAGEN, Denmark -- Spurned across the continent by food-fastidious Europeans, the biotechnology industry has turned in its quest for converts to the ultimate ice breaker: genetically modified beer.

Europeans scoff at bioengineered beer

Jackets blank Tourists
If Beau Vaughan is on the mound for the Augusta GreenJackets, fans can be sure of two things - he'll work quick and the GreenJackets will have a chance to win the game.

Hall's heroics snap GreenJackets' skid
When Mickey Hall came up with two outs and the score tied in the bottom of the ninth he wanted a pitch on the middle-inside part of the plate - a left-handed hitter's wheelhouse.

It's a tough job...
Bat boy Steve Hardy wipes sweat off his face as Zach Borowiak prepares to go on deck during the Greenjackets game against the Ashville Tourists.

Were they French, or just aliens?

Kuhlke tames tough Goshen
These days, the harder the golf course, the better Tripp Kuhlke's chances are of winning.

Kuhlke tames tough Goshen

Oldcorn headed back to British Open

Tifton's Denham captures Georgia Amateur Championship
ATHENS, Ga. -- Despite missing a six-foot par putt on the final hole Sunday, David Denham avoided a playoff when his closest competitor also bogeyed, giving the Tifton golfer a one-shot victory in the Georgia Amateur Championship.

Tifton's Denham captures Georgia Amateur Championship

Former PGA champ out with injury
TROON, Scotland -- Former PGA champion Steve Elkington withdrew from the British Open on Sunday because of a pulled groin muscle.

Former PGA champ out with injury

A bonus for Levet - Scottish Open victory, British Open trip
LUSS, Scotland -- Thomas Levet matched the lowest round of his career Sunday, an 8-under 63 that gave him a one-shot victory in the Scottish Open and put his vacation plans on hold.

A bonus for Levet - Scottish Open victory, British Open trip

The two faces of Royal Troon

Hensby wins the John Deere Classic

The two faces of Royal Troon
TROON, Scotland -- Tiger Woods played one practice round on what seemed like two courses Monday.

Mallon follows U.S. Open win to run away with Canadian

James wins Senior Players Championship - barely
DEARBORN, Mich. -- Mark James shot a 1-over 73 and held off Jose Maria Canizares for a one-stroke victory Sunday at the Senior Players Championship.

Mallon follows U.S. Open win to run away with Canadian
NIAGARA FALLS, Ontario -- Meg Mallon completed her North American double on Sunday, running away to win the Canadian Women's Open a week after winning the U.S. Women's Open.

Oldcorn headed back to British Open
TROON, Scotland -- The British Open was taken away from Andrew Oldcorn, and he earned it right back Sunday by surviving a playoff to earn one of 15 spots through final qualifying.

Hensby wins the John Deere Classic
SILVIS, Ill.l -- Mark Hensby tapped in for par on the second playoff hole at the John Deere Classic on Sunday, finally breaking through for his first career victory.

It's a tough job...

Hall's heroics snap GreenJackets' skid

Jackets blank Tourists

Mighty Ducks sign Vishnevski

Niagara hockey teams turned down in bid to join ECAC
LEWISTON, N.Y. -- Niagara University's men's and women's hockey programs will not be joining the Eastern College Athletic Conference.

Devils sign defenseman Matvichuk

Penguins sign journeyman winger VandenBussche
PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Penguins signed restricted free-agent forward Ryan VandenBussche on Monday.

Mighty Ducks sign Vishnevski
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Anaheim Mighty Ducks have agreed to terms on a 2-year contract with defenseman Vitaly Vishnevski.

Penguins sign journeyman winger VandenBussche

Devils sign defenseman Matvichuk
NEWARK, N.J. -- The New Jersey Devils bolstered their defense Monday by signing unrestricted free-agent defenseman Richard Matvichuk, who comes to the Meadowlands after 12 seasons with the Dallas Stars.

Airports are way too much trouble; I'll drive, thanks
I was traveling way out of town this weekend. I chose to drive because I haven't had the best of luck with airplanes.

Chad Muns receives sentence for statutory rape, other charges
An Evans man who was accused of sexual assault charges involving two minors last summer will spend at least another year in confinement after pleading guilty to four charges today.

Jenkins County sheriff resigns
Jenkins County Sheriff James Robert "Bobby" Womack, under investigation by both the GBI and the FBI over allegations that he used county inmates as personal laborers, sent a resignation letter to Gov. Sonny Perdue on Tuesday.

Four dead in helicopter crash in Newberry County
JALAPA, S.C. -- Four people died when a medical helicopter crashed in a heavily wood area of Newberry County on Tuesday morning, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Pornography is harmful and erosive
What is often overlooked in our opposition to an adult bookstore in our community is the fact that it is market-driven. It can exist only as long as there is a demand for the products it offers. Our opposition typically is directed at the supply side; we do little to reduce the demand for its products. In years past, pornography was furtively glimpsed at dimly-lighted newsstands or in seedy theaters. Today, with its constitutional protection, it is everywhere. It is insidious and pervasive, coming at us from all directions, entrapping young and old. Russ Holloman, Ph.D. Evans

Cain is best conservative for Senate
This year we are faced with another important election. We are blessed with some very fine politicians in Georgia: Zell Miller, Saxby Chambliss, Charlie Norwood and so many others. Unfortunately, we also have many politicians who, like the carpetbaggers who preceded them, talk one way to the people in Georgia and act another way in Washington and Atlanta. Gary J. Heffner Augusta

Medical center is boon to seniors
I read with interest your July 2 article about the Medical College of Georgia Travel Advisory Clinic. Some readers might be unfamiliar with another important way MCG serves us: the MCG Senior Health Center. David C. Muntz Martinez

Make Tenenbaum your next senator
In November, the people of South Carolina have a great opportunity to make a real difference in the direction their future is headed. To do this, they will need to elect Inez Tenenbaum to the U.S. Senate. Mattie Johnson Brown North Augusta, S.C.

Get the facts, not Moore lies

Editorial slights deprived voters
Your July 7 editorial, "Help us, Madagascar," derided members of the Congressional Black Caucus for their efforts to ensure a fair election this fall. Even if I had agreed with you, I hope I would still have found your condescending tone offensive. Letitia Berlin Albany, Calif.

Get the facts, not Moore lies
Michael Moore has said we are a nation of idiots. The opening weekend of his movie proved we have at least $27 million worth. Mike Fulford Evans

Pornography is harmful and erosive

Cain is best conservative for Senate

Have we seen the last from Hubble?

Remote enables non-Microsoft media center PCs

Geolocation tech slices, dices World Wide Web

Desolation Canyon: The keeper hole

Seniors Calendar

'Psi-Ops' clever but very bloody fun

Hot fun in the summertime: Video game camp

Flirty skirts return

Techbits: Googles versus Google, iPod security, and more

Blimp, infrared camera used to fine-tune cotton irrigation

Digital video makes inroads with cops

Drastic lowering of bad cholesterol urged for heart attack patients

Empty-nesters flock to hip downtown areas

Health and fitness calendar

Play on! 'Game nights' gaining popularity at bars, cafes, parties

Flirty skirts return
Hemlines have risen along with the mercury this summer, and like a rerun of Ally McBeal, short skirts are back in a big way.

Blimp, infrared camera used to fine-tune cotton irrigation
CAMILLA, Ga. -- The 15-foot blimp hanging over a south Georgia cotton field may look like a used-car promotion.

Drastic lowering of bad cholesterol urged for heart attack patients
DALLAS -- People who have recently had a heart attack should lower their "bad cholesterol" to rock-bottom levels, according to new guidelines issued Monday.

'Psi-Ops' clever but very bloody fun
What child has never yearned to move objects by force of mental concentration alone? To levitate a meddlesome bully, to fetch another fudgecicle without leaving the couch?

Seniors Calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists activities and groups of interest to senior citizens. Please call the service agencies for information. To have your activity listed, write to Seniors Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

Have we seen the last from Hubble?
The future of the Hubble space telescope doesn't look so bright at the moment. After 14 years of service and 650,000 images, many of them breathtaking, Hubble may have only a few years left.

Play on! 'Game nights' gaining popularity at bars, cafes, parties
CHICAGO -- Some cozy up at coffee houses to challenge friends to a game of Monopoly or, perhaps, Battleship. Others gather in pubs for a rowdy night of trivia, with prizes ranging from bragging rights to baseball tickets.

Digital video makes inroads with cops
A TiVo-style digital video system designed for police cruisers is making it easier for officers on patrol to make charges stick against lawbreakers and avoid frivolous lawsuits.

Where are the pelicans? Everybody has a theory
CHASE LAKE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE, N.D. -- The air here this time of year usually is filled with the grunts and squawks of thousands of white pelicans and their chicks. The giant birds have made the refuge their home for at least 100 years.

Remote enables non-Microsoft media center PCs
A new remote control makes playing a computer's music, videos, TV programs and photos as easy from a couch as it is from an uncomfortable office chair.

Desolation Canyon: The keeper hole
EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the 14th chapter of a 16-part story that The Augusta Chronicle will publish in Your Life on Sundays, Tuesdays and Fridays until Sunday.

Geolocation tech slices, dices World Wide Web
NEW YORK -- Type "dentist" into Google from New York, and you'll get ads for dentists in the city. Try watching a Cubs baseball game from a computer in Chicago, and you'll be stymied. Pre-existing local TV rights block the webcast.

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.

Hot fun in the summertime: Video game camp
NEW YORK -- In this warm season of thawed lakes, green mountains and plentiful daylight, a small group of kids will spend a month in quiet air-conditioned classrooms in the city.

Empty-nesters flock to hip downtown areas
After nearly 30 years in the suburbs, Tony Pugliese had enough. So once his kids were grown, he persuaded his wife to buy an apartment in the tony Russian Hill section of downtown San Francisco.

Techbits: Googles versus Google, iPod security, and more
SAN FRANCISCO -- Online search engine leader Google Inc. says it's striving to make the world a better place. Entrepreneur Steven Esrig just wishes the company would show more respect to the planet "Goo."

News you can use

Kid of the day

Armadillos make it to Charleston

Eight soldiers charged after found in businesses banned by commander
COLUMBUS, Ga. -- Eight soldiers were detained and charged in the first police patrol of lounges and motels declared off-limits to Fort Benning personnel by the post commander.

Clemson University wants all students to be researchers

Barrett blames jail's problems on state inmates
ATLANTA -- Embattled Fulton County Sheriff Jackie Barrett said she does not know how much longer she will remain in office but hopes she is able to obtain a court order saying prisons cannot house inmates in county jails.

Across the area

Service in Madison County remembers black soldier slain in 1964
COMER, Ga. -- More than 200 people paid tribute Saturday to a black Army Reserve officer killed 40 years ago in Madison County as he returned to Washington from summer reserve training at Fort Benning.

Judges will decide on jail phone system privacy plan

Thousands gather for annual competition
EAST DUBLIN, Ga. -- They sure aren't the Olympics, but an estimated 15,000 people turned out Saturday for the ninth annual Redneck Games, a daylong celebration of all things redneck.

Justices hold do-over session on train wreck

Judges will decide on jail phone system privacy plan
ATHENS, Ga. -- A three-judge panel will decide Wednesday whether a plan developed by the Athens-Clarke County Sheriff's Department does enough to ensure phone calls between inmates and their attorneys cannot be monitored.

Residents protest officer
WILLISTON, S.C. - About 30 black Williston residents marched on town hall Monday night to protest what they called improper conduct by a white police officer.

State agency spent $19 million on unsuccessful E-rate deal
ATLANTA -- A state agency spent about $19 million on an unsuccessful project that would have beamed satellite images to classroom computers.

Drag boat races need volunteers

Appeals ballot covers gamut
ATLANTA - From a government lawyer who's hardly set foot in court to a small-town juvenile-court judge to a personal-injury attorney with clients throughout the region, the six candidates for the vacant seat on the Georgia Court of Appeals offer voters a varied choice.

Four dead in helicopter crash in Newberry County

Across the area
Police arrested two Augusta men Sunday in connection with a morning armed robbery, officials said.

Statewide debt soars in South Carolina

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON - A truck driver involved in a deadly wreck on Edisto Island has been charged with reckless homicide after Charleston County sheriff's officials discovered he did not have a driver's license.

GOP meets green in Sierra Club

Across Georgia
SNELLVILLE - Would-be robbers used a backhoe to break into a Snellville jewelry store.

Church remembers deacon

Deputy goes through surgery after accident
A Columbia County sheriff's deputy was seriously injured Sunday when a sport utility vehicle slammed into his motorcycle on Interstate 20.

Change in payments cuts risks

A rolling masterpiece
The end result will be a "rolling masterpiece," as Laurie Lockliear, the marketing coordinator for the Morris Museum of Art, puts it.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Cherish Maybanks, 10, of Augusta.

GOP meets green in Sierra Club
ATLANTA - Jim Callison said he has heard the word "environmentalist" thrown at him like a bad word throughout his campaign for Forsyth County commissioner.

Across the area
An elderly Aiken County woman sniffed out an attempted lottery scam in a letter and called authorities instead of mailing in her bank account numbers, police said Monday.

Opponent sees 'activist judge'
ATLANTA - Knocking a judge off the bench rarely happens in Georgia elections, but Grant Brantley has done it and hopes to do it again July 20.

News you can use
July 13, 2002 AIKEN - Thieves rammed a vehicle into the Texaco on Huntsman Drive on Friday morning to steal an ATM.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Rants and raves
IT'S AMAZING the commission can hold such lengthy meetings and still not accomplish anything for the good of our city. If the city recognizes our problems, why can't the commissioners?

Boom season runs out for fireworks vendors
CLEARWATER - In the afternoon heat, James Fulmer waits for customers who don't seem interested in his eclectic mix of products - fresh tomatoes, watermelons and fireworks.

Leaders vote to raise mill rate
Augusta commissioners had to vote three times to get there, but they eventually set an increased 2004 millage for Richmond County homeowners Monday.

Town has difficulty letting go of doctor
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - When Wiley H. "Buddy" Turner came home to Edgefield 40 years ago to practice medicine, house calls were $5 and there were only two basic medications for high blood pressure.

Across South Carolina

Tickets fly fast on parkway
Since the Palmetto Parkway's grand opening nearly three weeks ago, North Augusta Department of Public Safety officers have ticketed parkway motorists at a rate of nearly three summonses a day.

The week ahead

Doctors uncover key to 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.

Doctors uncover key to detection

The week ahead
Despite baseball Commissioner Bud Selig's attempts to make baseball's midsummer classic mean something by giving the winning league home field advantage during the postseason, the All-Star Game remains a cotton-candy confection, the perfect distillation of everything good about the game. For a few short days, baseball once again becomes about who can hit the ball harder, who can come up with the most spectacular infield scoop, and who can win the hearts of baseball fans. Discarded are the ideas of salary arbitration, pending trades and all the other accoutrements that go with the business of baseball. It returns to its roots and becomes, once again, just a beloved game. Major League Baseball's All-Star Game, which airs on ABC at 8 p.m. Tuesday, is this week's Best Bet. Here's what else is going on.

Deputy goes through surgery after accident

Town has difficulty letting go of doctor

Eight soldiers charged after found in businesses banned by commander

Shuttle proposal will get follow-up
Augusta commissioners have twice been unable to approve reserved parking spaces for themselves, but if the idea is tied to spending $6,000 on a shuttle service it just might be possible.

Campus loses parking spots

September tax vote impossible
Voters anxious about the city's next special purpose local option sales tax can kiss a September voting date goodbye.

Drag boat races need volunteers
With dozens of boats and thousands of spectators expected, the committee organizing this weekend's Augusta Southern Nationals Drag Boat Races has everything it needs - almost.

County judge visits high bench
ATLANTA - Steve Jones went to bed Sunday night as a judge on the Clarke County Superior Court, but he woke up Monday morning as a justice on the Georgia Supreme Court.

Large crop cuts profits for farmers

Around town
Eric Steifel, of Augusta, tugs at a toy duck gripped in the mouth of his 12-week-old Labrador, Casey, at Lake Olmstead Park. He was teaching Casey how to play fetch Monday morning.

Five questions - Amy Cowman

Justices hold do-over session on train wreck
ATLANTA - Like a repeat episode of a courtroom television show, the proceedings of the Georgia Supreme Court had a familiar feel Monday.

Tickets fly fast on parkway

Campus loses parking spots
ATHENS, Ga. - Students heading to the University of Georgia this fall shouldn't feel that they outgrew riding the bus when they graduated from high school.

Aiken backs limits on parlors
Facing a possible onslaught of tattoo parlors, the Aiken City Council gave preliminary approval Monday night to an ordinance that would restrict "body art" to the city's industrial zones.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - Authorities were trying to determine why an Atlanta Falcons cheerleader died in her north Atlanta apartment Sunday.

Deputy injured in crash dies
A Columbia County sheriff's deputy died Monday of injuries suffered in an accident Sunday on Interstate 20, sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris said.

Change in payments cuts risks
Forget the paper checks.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Olivia "Livy" Huff, 21 months, of Augusta.

Deputy injured in crash dies

Church remembers deacon
ROME, Ga. - More than 400 people crowded the Hollywood Baptist Church on Monday for the funeral of a deacon police say was stabbed to death by an assistant pastor they believe was romantically involved with the deacon's wife.

Democrats for Senate debate jobs, Iraq war
ATLANTA -- The wide field of Democratic candidates in the race to succeed U.S. Sen. Zell Miller outlined their plans for shifting focus from the U.S. presence in Iraq to restoring jobs at home in a televised debate Sunday.

Plea gets teen short sentence
An Evans teenager accused of sexual assault involving two minors last summer will spend at least another year in confinement after pleading guilty to four charges Monday.

Miss Charleston wins Miss South Carolina pageant
SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Miss Charleston Ann Ashley Wood was crowned Miss South Carolina for 2004 on Saturday.

Large crop cuts profits for farmers
AIKEN - Mild, warm May evenings, sunny June afternoons and just the right amount of rain made for a bumper crop of plump cantaloupes at Phil Sandifer Farms.

Statewide debt soars in South Carolina
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Government debt nearly doubled in South Carolina from 1998 through 2002, giving the state the second-fastest growth rate in the nation, U.S. Census figures show.

Rants and raves
IT'S AMAZING the commission can hold such lengthy meetings and still not accomplish anything for the good of our city. If the city recognizes our problems, why can't the commissioners?

Armadillos make it to Charleston
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- It took them more than a decade, but armadillos have finally made it to Charleston.

Across South Carolina
ANDERSON - A man has escaped the Anderson City Jail, riding away on a bicycle with flat tires.

Horry County pitches deal to cool gambling boat debate
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- Horry County officials hope a proposed deal with gambling operators will cool the debate over casino boats operating in the waters off Little River.

Man accused of holding ex-girlfriend hostage
Richmond County sheriff's deputies arrested a man Monday who they said held an ex-girlfriend hostage at gunpoint in his east Augusta home.

Clemson University wants all students to be researchers
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Clemson University would require every student to gain in-depth research experience under a proposal pitched to trustees gathered for their annual retreat here.

Kid of the day

Five questions - Amy Cowman
Amy Cowman, co-anchorwoman of WAGT News Today answers five questions for The Augusta Chronicle.

Female soldiers experience different trauma symptoms

Chad Muns receives sentence for statutory rape, other charges

Across South Carolina

Boom season runs out for fireworks vendors

Residents protest officer

Democrats for Senate debate jobs, Iraq war

Leaders vote to raise mill rate

State agency spent $19 million on unsuccessful E-rate deal

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Across the area

Female soldiers experience different trauma symptoms
Post-traumatic stress disorder can linger after war for men and women in uniform.

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County judge visits high bench

Opponent sees 'activist judge'

A rolling masterpiece

Barrett blames jail's problems on state inmates

Were they French, or just aliens?

Once and future king takes on Roman shades in latest 'Arthur' film

Hollywood deals actor a royal hand with 'King Arthur'
LOS ANGELES -- So far, it's only speculation that Clive Owen might one day land the job as Britain's biggest modern hero, James Bond. For now, Owen's happy to wear the crown of Britain's oldest hero.

Hollywood deals actor a royal hand with 'King Arthur'

'Spider-Man 2' retains top box-office spot with $46 million

Once and future king takes on Roman shades in latest 'Arthur' film
LOS ANGELES -- In "Excalibur," he held his sword aloft and cried, "Any man who would be a knight and follow a king, follow me!"

'Spider-Man 2' retains top box-office spot with $46 million
LOS ANGELES -- Spider-Man fended off an anchorman and a king at the weekend box office to hold on to its supremacy.

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films
Capsule reviews of films opening this week:

Sound Bites: Audio Reviews

Q&A: The Dead

Son of billionaire investor Buffett makes mark with Indian sound

Q&A: The Dead
MANCHESTER, Tenn. -- As the Bonnaroo Music Festival began its slow swing into a fever pitch, it was hard not to notice an anticipatory tension in the audience of some 90,000 sweat-soaked fans.

Legendary guitarist Garland now lives quiet life
ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- The music is still in his fingers. Place a guitar in the hands of legendary Hank "Sugarfoot" Garland and he's quickly plucking strings, playing along with a black and white television image of himself from four decades ago on "Hometown U.S.A."

Newport Jazz Festival celebrates 50 swinging years
If George Wein had been a better pianist, there might never have been a Newport Jazz Festival.

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Legendary guitarist Garland now lives quiet life

Son of billionaire investor Buffett makes mark with Indian sound
OMAHA, Neb. -- Deep, pounding drums underscore the chanting of tribal names as the music of an electric guitar weaves in and out.

Schumacher wins for 10th time 10th in 11 races

Schumacher wins for 10th time 10th in 11 races
SILVERSTONE, England -- Michael Schumacher was tested Sunday at the British Grand Prix - if only for 15 laps.

Stewart crashes for the victory

Bourdais earns third straight win
TORONTO -- The look of surprise on the face of Sebastien Bourdais made Jimmy Vasser laugh.

Bourdais earns third straight win

Stewart crashes for the victory
JOLIET, Ill. - There were no burnouts or celebratory joy rides around the Chicagoland Speedway after Tony Stewart's victory Sunday in the Tropicana 400.

With Bryant's plans unknown, Lakers owner wants to speak to him

Shaq's agent says deal imminent; teams remain tightlipped

Hawks close to trading Jackson to Pacers for Harrington
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Atlanta Hawks and Indiana Pacers are closing in on a sign-and-trade deal in which the Hawks would send guard Stephen Jackson to the Pacers for forward Al Harrington.

With Bryant's plans unknown, Lakers owner wants to speak to him
LOS ANGELES -- Lakers owner Jerry Buss has not spoken to Kobe Bryant since the NBA Finals, and he still has no idea - despite the departure of coach Phil Jackson and the impending trade of Shaquille O'Neal - whether Bryant will re-sign.

Woodson and Hawks expect reinforcements to land soon

McDyess agrees to Pistons' four-year, $23 million deal
DETROIT -- Antonio McDyess has accepted the Detroit Pistons' four-year, $23 million contract offer, a source told The Associated Press on Monday.

Van Gundy, Pfund get contract extensions
MIAMI -- With the Miami Heat on the verge of acquiring Shaquille O'Neal, the team signed coach Stan Van Gundy to a multiyear extension Monday.

Woodson and Hawks expect reinforcements to land soon
ATLANTA - New Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Woodson hopes to have some veteran help for his young team soon, but he wasn't complaining Monday after his first practice with the team's rookies. The Hawks had only five players before last month's NBA Draft, but the roster should soon expand.

Shaq's agent says deal imminent; teams remain tightlipped
MIAMI -- Expect to see Shaquille O'Neal in a Miami Heat uniform next season.

St. Bonaventure seeks dismissal of former coach's lawsuit
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- St. Bonaventure asked a federal judge to throw out a $21.5 million wrongful-dismissal lawsuit filed by former men's basketball coach Jan van Breda Kolff.

Ex-Redskins player sentenced for drug arrest

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Phelps faces first big test in swimming trials
LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Michael Phelps faces his first major challenge of the U.S. Olympic trials in the 200-meter backstroke against world record-holder Aaron Peirsol.

Tim Montgomery reaches 100-meter final at Olympic trials

Poll: Greeks rally behind the Olympics after soccer championship
ATHENS, Greece -- Greece's victory at the European soccer championship last week has united Greeks and they are now confident the Olympic Games will be a success, according to a nationwide poll published Sunday.

Power outages hit Athens, parts of Greece

Swimmer keeps defibrillator handy because of heart condition
LONG BEACH, Calif. -- When Dana Vollmer heads to the pool, she brings along her suit, cap and goggles.

Phelps, Coughlin advance to semis at U.S. Olympic swim trials

Swimmer keeps defibrillator handy because of heart condition

Hoffa fulfills a dream
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - When Reese Hoffa stepped into the ring at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field trials sitting in second place for his final shot put throw, he figured he'd give it all he had.

Tim Montgomery reaches 100-meter final at Olympic trials
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Tim Montgomery, the world's fastest man but also a suspected steroid user who faces a lifetime ban, barely reached the 100-meter final at the U.S. Olympic trials Sunday.

Sprinter will run for her life in Athens

Under suspicion, world's fastest man slows to stop
Tim Montgomery still doesn't get it. Even as he gazed at the giant scoreboard, showing the hard evidence of his defeat in the 100 meters in the U.S. Olympic track and field trials, he blamed the loss on other people - everybody pestering him with questions about doping.

Phelps faces first big test in swimming trials

Power outages hit Athens, parts of Greece
ATHENS, Greece -- A widespread power outage hit Athens and southern Greece on Monday, cutting off air conditioning as temperatures pushed past 104 and causing traffic chaos in the capital a month before the start of the Olympics.

Under suspicion, world's fastest man slows to stop

Sprinter will run for her life in Athens
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Lashinda Demus was "running for her life" when the dream that carried her for so long almost crashed on American track and field's biggest stage.

American runner fails to get automatic berth on British Olympic team
MANCHESTER, England -- American Malachi Davis slipped from third to fifth in the final strides of the 400 meters at the British Olympic trials on Sunday, and failed to earn an automatic berth for Athens Games in his adopted country.

Phelps, Coughlin advance to semis at U.S. Olympic swim trials
LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Michael Phelps cruised to the fastest time in the 200-meter individual medley preliminaries, and Natalie Coughlin led the way in qualifying for the 100 freestyle at the U.S. Olympic swim trials Sunday.

Hoffa fulfills a dream

Overtime

Tour de France seeks to bar two riders

Battered riders get much-needed off-day at Tour

Swim stars show talent

More to race than meets eye

Overtime

Officials seek to expel two competitors

Overtime
Former Georgia Tech basketball coach Bobby Cremins will lead a youth basketball clinic today at Riverview Park in North Augusta.

Officials seek to expel two competitors
LIMOGES, France - Tour de France organizers have asked that two riders being investigated for suspected doping be withdrawn from the race.

More to race than meets eye
LIMOGES, France - A final leg rubdown with stinging sports cream. A few scribbles into autograph books of adoring fans. Pockets stuffed with energy bars or fruit.

Swim stars show talent
As America's biggest swim meet, the U.S. Olympic Trials, was taking place in Long Beach, Calif., the biggest meet in Augusta took place Sunday.

Sharapova withdraws from JPMorgan Chase Open
CARSON, Calif. -- Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova has withdrawn from next week's JPMorgan Chase Open, citing the need for rest and recuperation.

Battered riders get much-needed off-day at Tour
QUIMPER, France -- Now for some well-earned rest and relaxation, Tour de France style.

Tour de France seeks to bar two riders
LIMOGES, France -- Tour de France organizers have asked that two riders being investigated for suspected doping be withdrawn from the race.

Overtime
In Athens, Ga., Augusta's Jeff Knox closed with 4-over-par 74 to finish sixth in the Georgia Amateur Championship at Athens Country Club.

Ex-Redskins player sentenced for drug arrest
WASHINGTON -- Former Washington Redskins offensive lineman George Starke was sentenced Monday to one year's probation and a $50 fine for drug possession. Starke was also ordered to attend drug rehabilitation.

Despite protests, UPN to air Amish reality series
LOS ANGELES -- A reality TV series about Amish teenagers exploring the world beyond their community and faith will debut this month despite protests by members of Congress.

Foxworthy makes sure part of his new show is filmed in the South

Foxworthy makes sure part of his new show is filmed in the South
ATLANTA -- Jeff Foxworthy is returning to television with "Blue Collar TV," and while he has to head to Hollywood to work on the show, he made sure some skits were taped before an audience in his native Atlanta.

'NYPD 24-7' provokes firefighters, annoys brass

Campaign challenges Nielsen's credibility
NEW YORK -- For years, television networks have privately grumbled about the company that counts their viewers, but the complaints rarely echoed outside of the industry.

NBC exec criticizes Fox as reality TV 'imitators'

'NYPD 24-7' provokes firefighters, annoys brass
NEW YORK -- A gritty documentary series about police that has filled the usual time slot for "NYPD Blue" has some viewers seeing red.

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week

Wanted: Wrestling diva with beauty, class
MARINA DEL REY, Calif. -- There were twins, two sets, all very blond. There were women in low-cut blouses, high-cut skirts and enough lip gloss to put a good shine on a midsize car.

All-time 'Jeopardy!' champ closes in on $1 million

Despite protests, UPN to air Amish reality series

NBC exec criticizes Fox as reality TV 'imitators'
LOS ANGELES -- Fox TV has become a reality series copycat instead of an innovator and is hurting television in the process, NBC executive Jeff Zucker said Saturday.

Wanted: Wrestling diva with beauty, class

Campaign challenges Nielsen's credibility

All-time 'Jeopardy!' champ closes in on $1 million
LOS ANGELES -- If the answer is Ken Jennings and his record $920,960 so far in "Jeopardy!" winnings, the question must be how does he do it?

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week
The peace that has finally come to Angola may extract an unexpected and fearsome price, warns the PBS documentary "AIDS Warriors."

Why is lampooning anchormen so easy? Stay tuned ...

People in the News

Merv Griffin gives Nancy Reagan a puppy - named Dutchess

People in the News

Isabel Sanford - Weezie on 'The Jeffersons' - dead at 86

Boyfriend's pal has gone too far
THIS WEEK'S QUESTION: I have a boyfriend, and his best friend wants to have sex with me. They're really good friends, and I don't want to break them up.

Boyfriend's pal has gone too far

Reality television isn't about real people

Xtreme calendar
ON DVD or VHS: Rent or buy Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination Europe, starring Frankie Muniz as a CIA operative out to keep a mind-control machine out of the hands of a double agent; Omar Epps and Meg Ryan star as a boxing talent and his unlikely manager in Against the Ropes; and DMX plays a thug out to find his kidnapped daughter in Never Die Alone

Summer jobs might present deadly hazards for teenagers

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Delta Goodrem is making sound waves throughout the international music community with her debut album, Innocent Eyes. Already 14 times platinum in Australia, Ms. Goodrem achieved success by rising above the manufactured pop-star cliche and co-writing the lyrics and music of her CD.

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Where's the bridge? I'd like to cross over
With the influx of new bands with strange and unusual styles, I'm starting to wonder what happened to normal music.

Where's the bridge? I'd like to cross over

Reality television isn't about real people
The Public Broadcasting Service is truly a brilliant network. Straying from the confines of English comedies and the limits of Nova, PBS has created some ingenious reality shows. With Prairie House and Frontier House, the network struck gold with critics and viewers alike for its documentarylike appeal.

Summer jobs might present deadly hazards for teenagers
When Desmond Bovian, 18, clocks in at work, the last thing on his mind is getting hurt.

My style
THE FACTS: Natasha Lewis (left), 15, a rising sophomore at T.W. Josey High School, and Whitney Warren, 15, a rising freshman at T.W. Josey High School.

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Question of the week
Should school behavior affect a teen's ability to get a driver's license?

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