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.

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.

Times serializes "Gatsby," other books

Actors union and Broadway producers reach an agreement

Recent photos by Irving Penn on exclusive view in Philly

Selig might remain commissioner beyond 2006

Feud fuels All-star attention

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.

Soriano an MVP, too
HOUSTON -- Now Alfonso Soriano is an MVP, too.

Jeter tops impressive list

Jeter tops impressive list
HOUSTON -- Add another impressive line to Derek Jeter's glittering resume: the most successful hitter in All-Star game history.

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

Selig might remain commissioner beyond 2006
HOUSTON - Baseball commissioner Bud Selig appears to have changed his mind about leaving his job in 2006.

Fisher has a place in baseball history

Ali captivates All-Star crowd
HOUSTON -- Derek Jeter summoned all the All-Stars over for a picture, getting them to surround a clearly delighted Muhammad Ali.

AL come out on top

Soriano an MVP, too

Ali captivates All-Star crowd

Clemens, Mulder named starters

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.

AL come out on top
HOUSTON -- Roger Clemens hardly had time to worry about Mike Piazza. He was too busy getting banged up by American League hitters.

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

Odds and Ends
BEIJING -- Coming to a mobile phone near you: A novel. A Chinese author has written a novel meant to be read in 70-word chapters transmitted by mobile phone text message.

"Tarzan's" tiger eludes capture
LOXAHATCHEE, Fla. -- A 600-pound tiger eluded capture Tuesday morning after escaping a day earlier from the home of an actor who played Tarzan, even though officials said the cat had only roamed about 200 yards from his home.

Elderly volunteers become smog detectors in Mexico City
MEXICO CITY -- A contingent of elderly Mexico City residents will wear smog-detecting vests to study the effects of the sprawling capital's polluted air on people over 65, officials said Tuesday.

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.

Reports: Sony to launch new PlayStation by March

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.

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.

Part of Parmalat ice cream distribution business sold

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.

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.

Japanese authorities slap warning on Microsoft for 'restrictive' contract clause
TOKYO -- Japan's anti-monopoly watchdog slapped a warning against Microsoft Corp. on Tuesday, demanding that the U.S. software giant remove what it said was a restrictive clause from contracts with electronics makers.

Business briefs
WASHINGTON - America's trade deficit narrowed to $46 billion in May, an improvement brought about as U.S. exports posted their best month on record.

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.

Carlisle will shut Trenton site
AIKEN - The Carlisle Tire and Wheel Co. plans to shut down its Trenton plant in Edgefield County on Sept. 1 and lay off about 80 employees, a company manager said Tuesday.

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.

Microsoft to launch online store

Business briefs

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

Buyers wary of loans on Internet
The Internet is now a common means of doing business, but few home buyers are willing to make the biggest purchase of their life online.

Khodorkovsky renews offer to give up stake in Yukos

De Beers pleads guilty in 10-year-old price-fixing case
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- De Beers pleaded guilty in a 10-year-old price-fixing case Tuesday and was fined $10 million fine as part of an agreement that would clear the way for the diamond giant to resume selling diamonds directly in the lucrative U.S. market.

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.

Delta to record $1.65 billion in non-cash charges in second quarter
ATLANTA -- Delta Air Lines Inc. warned it will post a whopping $1.65 billion in non-cash charges in the second quarter and said Tuesday it will no longer recognize income tax benefits, which will boost its net losses.

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.

Burger King names Greg Brenneman as CEO
MIAMI -- Burger King, which is struggling to keep its No. 2 position among fast-food restaurants, named a former top executive of Continental Airlines to be its new chief executive Tuesday.

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.

Trade deficit narrows to $46 billion in May
WASHINGTON -- America's trade deficit narrowed to $46 billion in May, an improvement brought about as U.S. exports posted their best month on record.

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.

IEA foresees an easing of growth in oil demand in 2005
LONDON -- Growth in world oil demand will slow to 2.2 percent in 2005, as China and other oil-hungry developing countries bump up against their limits for refining and transporting crude, the International Energy Agency said Tuesday.

Red ink more serve in first three quarters, figures show
WASHINGTON -- The government's deficit ballooned to $326.6 billion in the first nine months of the 2004 budget year, according to a snapshot of U.S. balance sheets released Tuesday.

Wife of former Enron finance chief reports to prison

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.

Trade deficit narrows to $46 billion in May

Morgan Stanley settles sex discrimination suit

Buyers wary of loans on Internet

Brazilian president "optimistic but cautious" about economic prospects

Japanese authorities slap warning on Microsoft for 'restrictive' contract clause

IBM upgrades server line in bid to unseat Sun, HP
NEW YORK -- IBM Corp. is upgrading an important line of computer servers Tuesday in a bid to vault over rivals Hewlett-Packard Co. and Sun Microsystems Inc. and cash in on a multibillion-dollar bet.

Attorneys battle over jurisdiction in Kenny Smith lawsuit
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Attorneys in a defamation lawsuit filed against the NCAA and others by Kenny Smith, a one-time Alabama signee who later played for Tennessee, are battling over the proper venue for the case.

St. Bonaventure seeks dismissal of former coach's lawsuit

Eighty-year-old records first ace by using driver

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.

Speak now, or ...

What's wrong with Augusta?

War still justified

Speak now, or ...
To baseball, motherhood and apple pie, it's a shame we never added "marriage."

What's wrong with Augusta?
George Kolb had a choice.

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

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."

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

The winner is ... the Brits, for best awards speeches
LOS ANGELES -- Come Thursday, newly announced Emmy nominees will have two months to think about the acceptance speeches they might get to deliver.

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.

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.

George Clooney a welcome distraction for Italians
LAGLIO, Italy -- George Clooney shoots baskets with the local kids, carries grandmothers' groceries uphill and works hard on pronouncing "buon giorno."

People in the News
NEW YORK -- Lindsay Lohan is now a Hollywood hyphenate. Lohan, the 18-year-old star of "Mean Girls," "Freaky Friday" and "Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen," has signed a record deal with Tommy Mottola's Casablanca Records.

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.

J&J doubles second-quarter profit
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. -- Healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson more than doubled its second-quarter profit from a year ago, when a large acquisition charge depressed earnings.

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
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.

Tokyo stocks rise for third straight session
TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks finished slightly higher Tuesday on optimism about Japan's economic recovery, with buying of automaker and bank shares offsetting selling of technology issues. The U.S. dollar was higher against the Japanese yen.

Gannett earns rise 9 percent in second quarter
NEW YORK -- Gannett Co., the largest newspaper publisher in the country, reported a 9 percent increase in second quarter earnings Tuesday due largely to higher advertising revenues as well as acquisitions and favorable exchange rates.

Intel's second-quarter earnings nearly double

Merrill Lynch reports higher second quarter earnings
NEW YORK -- Merrill Lynch & Co. reported a 10.3 percent surge in second-quarter profits Tuesday as strong performances from its private client and investment management businesses partially offset lower earnings in overseas and investment banking units.

Intel's second-quarter earnings nearly double
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Intel Corp.'s second-quarter earnings jumped 96 percent Tuesday as the world's largest semiconductor company reported stronger-than-expected demand for the flash memory chips used in cellular phones.

Tokyo stocks rise for third straight session

Media General's second-quarter profit rises on broadcast gains
RICHMOND, Va. -- Media General Inc. said Tuesday its second-quarter earnings rose 6 percent as political and classified ad sales increased, but the company still fell short of Wall Street's expectations.

Rates mixed in Treasury bill auction

Stocks mixed on second-quarter earnings
NEW YORK -- Wall Street waffled through an uninspired session Tuesday, leaving stocks narrowly mixed despite solid results from Johnson & Johnson and several banking companies as investors waited for a key earnings report from Intel Corp.

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

J&J doubles second-quarter profit

India's Infosys says outsourcing demand strong
BANGALORE, India -- Leading Indian software firm Infosys Technologies raised its forecast for the current fiscal year Tuesday, citing a 44 percent surge in first-quarter revenues amid strong demand for its outsourcing services.

Merrill Lynch reports higher second quarter earnings

Domino's Pizza falls in trading debut, after pricing below target
DETROIT -- Domino's Pizza Inc. failed to deliver big gains for investors in its initial public offering of stock, with the shares falling nearly 4 percent Tuesday in their trading debut.

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.

Profits rise 12 percent at uniform-maker Cintas
CINCINNATI - Cintas Corp.'s fiscal fourth-quarter earnings rose 12 percent due to growth in rentals and sales of its uniforms.

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

Big Movers in the Stock Market

NCR raises earnings forecast

Domino's Pizza falls in trading debut, after pricing below target

Stocks mixed as investors puzzle out earnings

Google to list on Nasdaq

Big Movers in the Stock Market

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.

Tokyo stocks rise for two straight trading session

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.

SunTrust profit rises 10 percent on growth in all businesses

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.

Small portions

Government considers replacing Food Guide Pyramid

Artisan bakers prosper even as the country goes low-carb

Artisan bakers prosper even as the country goes low-carb
DUXBURY, Vt. -- Randy George has a phrase to describe the bread he bakes: "enjoyable carbohydrates."

Small portions
Could there possibly be a better dessert on a hot summer day than a bowl of fresh berries topped with a dollop of mascarpone cheese and a drizzle of honey? Mascarpone may be a cheese, but it is so rich and sweet, creamy and decadent that it is often best treated like whipped cream or ice cream or whole-milk yogurt.

Government considers replacing Food Guide Pyramid
WASHINGTON -- Most Americans are familiar with the federal Food Guide Pyramid - but a lot of people don't understand how to use it.

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.

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.

Americans opt to skip third major

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

Americans opt to skip third major
TROON, Scotland - It's easy to make fun of the pampered Americans.

Els says USGA turned Open into 'farce'

The two faces of Royal Troon

Els says USGA turned Open into 'farce'
TROON, Scotland - Ernie Els isn't going to beat himself up for shooting 80 in the final round of the U.S. Open, which cost him a chance at a third title and the No. 1 world ranking.

Course to provide truly 'open' Open
TROON, Scotland - Despite two U.S. Open titles and a wealth of talent, Ernie Els used to show up at major championships and try to convince himself he could win.

It's a tough job...

Jackets blank Tourists

Peach Jam promises 'absolutely elite' action

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

Flyers sign Philadelphia native Voce
PHILADELPHIA -- Center Tony Voce has signed with the Flyers, becoming the first Philadelphia native to play for the NHL team.

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

Jackman agrees to multiyear contract with Penguins
PITTSBURGH -- Defenseman Ric Jackman agreed to a multiyear contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday.

Jackman agrees to multiyear contract with Penguins

Flyers sign Philadelphia native Voce

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.

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

Mighty Ducks sign Vishnevski

Penguins sign journeyman winger VandenBussche

Now is perfect time to grill lamb chops
Summer is prime grilling season, but after several months of grilling steaks, burgers and chicken, you're probably looking for something different to toss onto the grill.

Now is perfect time to grill lamb chops

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Get the facts, not Moore lies

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

President's inexperience shows
Regarding the July 7 editorial "A demagogue for veep": What type of experience did George W. Bush have? He was a governor; no national or international experience. Does it show? You bet. R.D. McDonald Augusta

America must be united again
I read the letter written by Patrick Parker in reference to the movie Fahrenheit 9/11 and the Iraq war (" 'Fahrenheit 9/11' is a must-see film," July 1). I work at a military hospital and I have seen a lot of soldiers who have come in with injuries sustained there. I have also seen these same soldiers being proud of what they do, and many of them actually wanting to go back and rejoin their units. Tamara D. Gaskin Evans

Blame Gitmo ruling on Bush-Cheney
In your July 6 editorial "Justices at war," you criticize the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in its ruling against the Bush-Cheney administration in regard to the prisoners being held at Guantanamo Bay, and U.S. citizens at U.S. facilities. Your attempt at ridiculing the court's decision is factually incorrect, and borders on misinforming your readers. K. Patrick Bragg Augusta

Cain is best conservative for Senate

President's inexperience shows

China confronts consequences of calories

NASA again postpones launch of pollution-study satellite Aura

Flirty skirts return

Drastic lowering of bad cholesterol urged for heart attack patients

Soybean farmers hope to pump up interest in biodiesel

Blimp, infrared camera used to fine-tune cotton irrigation

Seniors Calendar

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

Health and fitness calendar

Desolation Canyon: The keeper hole

Empty-nesters flock to hip downtown areas

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.

China confronts consequences of calories
SHANGHAI, China -- For Chinese raised in an era of food rationing, with memories of days of grumbling, empty bellies, long food lines and dusty piles of winter cabbage, buying groceries these days is truly like being a kid in a candy shop.

NASA again postpones launch of pollution-study satellite Aura
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- The launch of NASA's Aura satellite was put off again Tuesday because of an unknown problem with the craft's recorder, officials said.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Soybean farmers hope to pump up interest in biodiesel
FARGO, N.D. -- Soybean farmers are pumped that a gas station here is selling biodiesel fuel even though the idea of building a biodiesel plant in North Dakota appears to be stalled.

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.

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.

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.

Charges lead to proposal
Columbia County school officials plan to oust registered sex offenders from the school system.

Death of officer surprises force
Friends and colleagues are mourning the loss of a longtime Richmond County sheriff's lieutenant who died unexpectedly Tuesday.

Residents protest officer

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.

City's leaders talk details of next sales tax
It could last 10 years and collect $380 million, but an exact time frame and dollar figure for the city's next special purpose local option sales tax doesn't yet have a consensus.

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.

Two bridges will be replaced

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.

Two ASU colleges get new leaders

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.

Across the area
Meredith Bishop Vasquez has been selected executive director of Goodwill Industries of the CSRA.

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.

2 retirees laud SRS heritage
The brick and concrete edifices Todd Crawford and Walt Joseph strolled beside Tuesday at Savannah River Site appeared relatively mundane, not much different from any other office buildings.

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.

Members talk about talking
Augusta Commission members have talked about issues, talked about them again and then talked about how long it takes them to talk.

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.

Kid of the day

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

Police officer is remembered by sheriff, friends

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.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Trey Woody, 13, of Grovetown.

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.

Two ASU colleges get new leaders
Augusta State University has named deans for its colleges of education and arts and sciences.

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.

Across South Carolina
HILTON HEAD ISLAND - With deadlines approaching this month, Beaufort County has decided it can't wait any longer for Gov. Mark Sanford's decision on a bill capping property tax increases.

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.

Adams' picks end up in high places
ATHENS, Ga. - In a sign of the University of Georgia Foundation's efforts to repair its shaky relationship with school President Michael Adams, two of its new officers were among Dr. Adams' choices for the group's leadership positions, according to a letter obtained by The Associated Press.

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.

Sanford pushes health reforms
COLUMBIA - Trying to control Medicaid costs and growth while improving quality of care are a few of the biggest concerns for South Carolina's largest health agency, its director told Gov. Mark Sanford and his Cabinet on Tuesday.

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.

Sheriff is resigning from duty
Jenkins County Sheriff James Robert "Bobby" Womack, under investigation by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the FBI over allegations that he used jail inmates as personal laborers, has stepped down, citing poor health.

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

Sheriff is resigning from duty

Church remembers deacon

News you can use

Campus loses parking spots

Justices hold do-over session on train wreck

News you can use

Death of officer surprises force

Four dead in helicopter crash in Newberry County

Lack of juvenile appeals draws ACLU's attention

Across the area

Rants and raves
A BIG RAVE goes out to the city of Grovetown and Mayor Dennis Trudeau for a great July 4 celebration this year. Thanks to all the volunteers that helped to make it a great success. We missed the soldiers giving out the senior citizen meals, but there were people doing that and we thank them for that. Looking forward to next year.

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

Across South Carolina

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

St. Joseph ends first phase
It won't be the star attraction of any makeover, show but St. Joseph Hospital's Emergency Department is about to unveil an updated look.

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.

Two bridges will be replaced
Three Augusta-area bridges were classified as poor and 15 as fair in the Georgia Department of Transportation's inspections earlier this year, but the only two bridges scheduled for replacement so far fall into neither category.

Change in payments cuts risks
Forget the paper checks.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - No evacuations were necessary after an early Tuesday morning train derailment in southwest Atlanta.

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.

Justice garners lawyers' approval
ATLANTA - More of the lawyers who know Supreme Court Justice Leah Sears considered her suited for another term on the state's highest court than did those who know her challenger, according to a survey released Tuesday.

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

Cows used in illegal product will be killed
AIKEN - More than a dozen dairy cows in Newberry that were intentionally infected with the human herpes-6 virus as part of an experimental procedure will be destroyed in the coming weeks, state officials said Tuesday.

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.

Medical helicopter crashes, kills four
JALAPA, S.C. - The crash was so muffled early Tuesday morning, most people at the rest area along Interstate 26 thought it was just another wreck on the highway.

Kid of the day

Police officer is remembered by sheriff, friends
Jarthurlynn Ellis never sped on Interstate 20 because she knew her friend, Columbia County sheriff's Cpl. Wesley Mack, would be waiting on his Harley-Davidson near Belair Road with a radar gun.

Deputy injured in crash dies

Man restores log cabins
WINDER, Ga. - In a county filling up with subdivisions, one man spends his time trying to save its oldest houses, often from the constant march of rezonings.

Female soldiers experience different trauma symptoms

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July 14, 1940 Fire Chief John B. Kennedy, long considered the power behind the throne in Augusta politics, was unanimously proposed a candidate for mayor of Augusta in the next municipal election at the meeting of the Civil Service commission last night.

2 retirees laud SRS heritage

Lack of juvenile appeals draws ACLU's attention
The lack of appeals coming from Richmond County Juvenile Court - only one in the past five years - is attracting attention from the state's American Civil Liberties Union.

Medical helicopter crashes, kills four

Man restores log cabins

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?

Adams' picks end up in high places

Change in payments cuts risks

Across the area

Large crop cuts profits for farmers

Rants and raves
A BIG RAVE goes out to the city of Grovetown and Mayor Dennis Trudeau for a great July 4 celebration this year. Thanks to all the volunteers that helped to make it a great success. We missed the soldiers giving out the senior citizen meals, but there were people doing that and we thank them for that. Looking forward to next year.

Leaders vote to raise mill rate

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?

Drag boat races need volunteers

St. Joseph ends first phase

Around town

County judge visits high bench

Country music sales jump on strength of new artists
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Last summer, country music's hottest act, the Dixie Chicks, was in a meltdown. Country CD sales were sliding and record executives were praying for a spate of holiday releases to perk up the industry.

Country music sales jump on strength of new artists

Report: battered suitcase yields possible Beatles trove

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Report: battered suitcase yields possible Beatles trove
LONDON -- All you need is luck. A vacationer who purchased a suitcase at an Australian flea market found a trove of Beatles memorabilia inside, including photos, concert programs and unreleased recordings, The Times newspaper reported Tuesday.

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Ford sues NASCAR driver, alleges breach of contract

NASCAR fines Kahne's crew chief over pit lane fight

NASCAR fines Kahne's crew chief over pit lane fight
INDIANAPOLIS -- NASCAR fined Kasey Kahne's crew chief $10,000 and put him on probation Tuesday for his role in a fight in Tony Stewart's pit at Chicagoland Speedway.

Ford sues NASCAR driver, alleges breach of contract
DETROIT -- Ford Motor Co. had filed a lawsuit against Kasey Kahne, accusing the NASCAR Nextel Cup rookie of breaking a contract requiring him race in its cars.

Agent: Hudson reaches tentative agreement with Wolves
MINNEAPOLIS -- Point guard Troy Hudson and the Minnesota Timberwolves have tentatively agreed on a multiyear contract, his agent said Tuesday.

Pacers' Jones to have shoulder surgery
INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana Pacers guard Fred Jones was to undergo surgery Tuesday on his left shoulder to repair an injury he suffered in May during the team's second-round playoff series against Miami.

News of Shaq trade impacts South Florida
MIAMI -- The trade that will bring Shaquille O'Neal to the Miami Heat cannot become official until Wednesday, yet its impact is already resonating across South Florida.

Pacers' Jones to have shoulder surgery

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.

News of Shaq trade impacts South Florida

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

Cohan sells 20 percent of Warriors
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Golden State Warriors owner Chris Cohan announced an agreement Tuesday to sell 20 percent of the club to a group of Bay Area investors.

Attorney for Bryant's accuser wants online court filings halted
DENVER -- The attorney for the woman accusing NBA star Kobe Bryant of rape has asked a judge to stop posting court filings online, saying inadvertent leaks have put the woman's safety at risk.

Cohan sells 20 percent of Warriors

Agent: Hudson reaches tentative agreement with Wolves

Doleac accepts four-year, $12 million deal with Heat

Doleac accepts four-year, $12 million deal with Heat
MIAMI -- Free agent center Michael Doleac and the Miami Heat agreed to terms Tuesday on a four-year deal worth nearly $12 million, said Glenn Schwartzman, the player's agent.

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.

Lakers, Clippers make final pushes
LOS ANGELES - With the clock counting down, the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers made last-minute pitches to attract unrestricted free agent Kobe Bryant.

Woodson and Hawks expect reinforcements to land soon

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.

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.

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

Miami's Rolle suspended from team

Bingham signs three-year deal with Chargers

Da Coach for Senate? Chicagoans want to draft Ditka

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Collector shows even non-athletes can become Olympic medal holders

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

Head of Iraq Olympic Committee escaped assassination attempt

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.

Campbell, Lewis head British Olympic team

Sprinter will run for her life in Athens

Crocker cooks Phelps in fly

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.

Prosecutor orders investigation of Athens electricity blackout

Blind runner earns berth in Olympics
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Marla Runyan moved to Oregon in 1997, hoping a new coach and different events would help her track and field career take off.

Once nearly invincible, Marion Jones now very beatable

Once nearly invincible, Marion Jones now very beatable
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Once nearly invincible, Marion Jones is becoming more beatable with each event at the U.S. Olympic track trials.

Sprinter sluggish in trials
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Once nearly invincible, Marion Jones is becoming more beatable with each event at the U.S. Olympic track trials.

Power outages hit Athens, parts of Greece

Prosecutor orders investigation of Athens electricity blackout
ATHENS, Greece -- A prosecutor ordered an emergency investigation Tuesday into what caused a power outage that hit more than half of Greece and whether one could strike during the Olympics, now only a month away.

Phelps faces first big test in swimming trials

Czech's approve sending anti-chemical specialists to Athens
The Czech Senate on Tuesday approved plans to send 100 anti-chemical warfare specialists to help guard the Athens Olympics.

Swimmer keeps defibrillator handy because of heart condition

Head of Iraq Olympic Committee escaped assassination attempt
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- The head of the Iraqi Olympic committee said Tuesday militants had ambushed his convoy with rocket- propelled grenades in the middle of Baghdad, damaging his bodyguards' car and injuring one of them.

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.

Campbell, Lewis head British Olympic team
LONDON -- Olympic heptathlon champion Denise Lewis and 200-meter silver medalist Darren Campbell were selected for Britain's Olympic team Tuesday despite sustaining injuries at last weekend's trials.

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.

Crocker cooks Phelps in fly
LONG BEACH, Calif. - Michael Phelps will head to Athens trying to bounce back from another loss.

Collector shows even non-athletes can become Olympic medal holders
SAN DIEGO -- Art Prior has 16 Olympic medals - six first-place, seven seconds, and three thirds. He's been a regular at the Summer Olympics since 1972. And, at 63, he still runs sprints every day.

Stop licensing marriage
NEW YORK - The U.S. Senate anticipates a vote soon on the Federal Marriage Amendment. This measure legally would define each marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Something so intimate is none of the government's business.

Keep this vital fence up, senators: Pass the marriage amendment now
I find it ironic, if not a bit duplicitous, that this country highly taxes health risk industries to offset expenses directly associated with them - sometimes referred to as "sin taxes" - particularly the tobacco industry.

Stop licensing marriage
NEW YORK - The U.S. Senate anticipates a vote soon on the Federal Marriage Amendment. This measure legally would define each marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Something so intimate is none of the government's business.

Keep this vital fence up, senators: Pass the marriage amendment now
I find it ironic, if not a bit duplicitous, that this country highly taxes health risk industries to offset expenses directly associated with them - sometimes referred to as "sin taxes" - particularly the tobacco industry.

More to race than meets eye

Tyson opponent sees obscurity as advantage

Time for Armstrong, others to shine as Tour gets serious

Officials seek to expel two competitors

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Tour de France seeks to bar two riders

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Third seed Horna loses to qualifier; defending champ Massu advances to second round

Overtime
Two former Augusta GreenJackets were promoted back to the team Tuesday by the Boston Red Sox.

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.

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.

Tyson opponent sees obscurity as advantage
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Danny Williams turned 31 Tuesday, but there was no party. Just a regular training day for his upcoming bout with Mike Tyson.

Mexico 2, Ecuador 1; Argentina 4, Uruguay 2
PIURA, Peru -- Adolfo Bautista scored and drew a penalty to help Mexico eliminate Ecuador from the Copa America with a 2-1 win Tuesday.

Third seed Horna loses to qualifier; defending champ Massu advances to second round
AMERSFOORT, Netherlands -- Qualifier Alejandro Falla of Colombia upset third-seeded Luis Horna of Peru 6-2, 6-1 in the first round of the Dutch Open on Tuesday.

Time for Armstrong, others to shine as Tour gets serious
GUERET, France -- Move over sprinters, time for climbers to shine.

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

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.

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.

Peach Jam promises 'absolutely elite' action
Don Crenshaw isn't sure that the recent explosion of summer camps and tournaments for standout high school basketball players is such a great thing for the game.

Da Coach for Senate? Chicagoans want to draft Ditka
CHICAGO -- In a measure of the Illinois Republican Party's desperation and Chicago's devotion to Da Bears, a movement is afoot to draft the team's brash, tough-talking former coach Mike Ditka to run for the U.S. Senate.

Miami's Rolle suspended from team
MIAMI -- Miami Hurricanes cornerback Antrel Rolle was suspended indefinitely Tuesday by coach Larry Coker after being charged this weekend with battery on a police officer.

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.

Bingham signs three-year deal with Chargers
SAN DIEGO -- Defensive tackle Ryon Bingham, a seventh-round draft pick, signed a three-year contract Tuesday with the San Diego Chargers.

TLC television show's wardrobe warriors

ABC, CBS to cover political conventions over the Internet

CBS only network to holds its own in tough week for networks
NEW YORK -- In what's shaping up as a sorry summer for the broadcast networks, CBS executives were the only ones smiling last week.

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.

Campaign challenges Nielsen's credibility

CBS only network to holds its own in tough week for networks

ABC, CBS to cover political conventions over the Internet
LOS ANGELES -- ABC and CBS said Monday they would offer gavel-to-gavel coverage of the Democratic and Republican conventions this year over the Internet as well as periods of prime-time coverage over their broadcast networks.

TLC television show's wardrobe warriors
NEW YORK - If you are what you wear, what do you do if you've been wearing what not to wear?

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People in the News

Merv Griffin gives Nancy Reagan a puppy - named Dutchess

George Clooney a welcome distraction for Italians

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

The winner is ... the Brits, for best awards speeches

Eighty-year-old records first ace by using driver
Even before North Augusta's Betty Smith scored her first hole-in-one recently, she felt that making an ace involved more luck than skill.

4-1-1
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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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.

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.

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.

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.

Question of the week

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.

Reality television isn't about real people

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

Boyfriend's pal has gone too far

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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

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

Summer jobs might present deadly hazards for teenagers

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Elderly volunteers become smog detectors in Mexico City

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