Centerpiece of Underground Railroad museum dedicated

Centerpiece of Underground Railroad museum dedicated
CINCINNATI -- A pre-Civil War slave pen, made of roughhewn logs on a farm in Kentucky and reassembled here at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, was dedicated Tuesday night as the focal point of the $110 million museum.

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

AL come out on top

Jeter tops impressive list

Ali captivates All-Star crowd

Phillies poised for run to playoffs, as are Braves, Mets, Marlins

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

Second half could be full of surprises

Soriano an MVP, too

Second half could be full of surprises
NEW YORK - Almost everybody was stunned to see Roger Clemens get knocked around in the All-Star game. The second half of the season could be filled with big surprises, too.

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.

Homers highlight early TKO

Houston fires coaching staff

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

Homers highlight early TKO
HOUSTON - Maybe it wasn't so strange that Major League Baseball chose to honor Muhammad Ali before Tuesday night's All-Star Game. Shortly after the boxing legend left the field, Manny Ramirez and Alfonso Soriano helped the American League score a knockout.

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

Houston fires coaching staff
HOUSTON - The Houston Astros fired manager Jimy Williams and replaced him with Phil Garner on Wednesday, a last-ditch effort to rescue a season that started with World Series expectations.

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.

Phillies poised for run to playoffs, as are Braves, Mets, Marlins
PHILADELPHIA -- Now that the Philadelphia Phillies accomplished one goal - first place at the All-Star break - they have to find a way to create some distance at the top.

Selig might remain commissioner beyond 2006

Latest area births
Cassady Lyla Myers: Jasen and Beverly Myers, of Hephzibah, announce the birth of a daughter, Cassady Lyla Myers, Thursday, June 3, 2004, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Steve Kline, of Waynesboro, Ga., John and DiAnna Dukes and Robert Navarro, all of Hephzibah, and Robert and Teresa Steppe, of Augusta.

Latest area births

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.

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.

"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.

Officers kill escaped tiger of former Tarzan actor
LOXAHATCHEE, Fla. -- A movie actor who once played Tarzan criticized authorities for killing a tiger that escaped from his home, saying the animal had a "heart of gold."

Odds and Ends
FOUKE, Ark. -- Amanda Jones was going batty trying to swat at the creature flying around in the cab of her truck.

Second-half hopes center on Joneses
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Braves keep waiting to see the Chipper Jones who batted .330 and hit 38 home runs in 2001, or the Andruw Jones who hit .303 and knocked in 104 runs in 2000.

Second-half hopes center on Joneses

Business briefs
CHICAGO - McDonald's Corp.'s sales resurgence carried it to better-than-expected profits this spring, the company said Wednesday.

Station picks up steam

Crude oil futures top $41 per barrel on terror fears

Retail sales drop by 1.1 percent in June

Workers will see modest pay increases

Yukos is offering to pay tax claims within 2 years

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.

Toshiba to unveil new laptop with TV capabilities
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Toshiba Corp. plans to announce a new laptop model next week that allows users to watch TV on it without having to boot up the computer's Windows operating system - the first in what analysts say will be a new crop of multimedia notebooks to come.

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.

Crude oil futures top $41 per barrel on terror fears
NEW YORK - Crude oil futures surpassed $41 a barrel Wednesday afternoon in New York for the first time since early June amid new fears about terrorist attacks on oil facilities and bullish inventory data.

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.

Dollar drops against most rival currencies
NEW YORK - The dollar weakened against most major rivals Wednesday after data showed U.S. June retail sales fell to their lowest level in 16 months, renewing fears that U.S. growth is running out of steam.

Retail sales drop by 1.1 percent in June
WASHINGTON -- America's shoppers had a tight grip on their pocketbooks and wallets in June, dropping sales at the nation's retailers by 1.1 percent. It was the largest decline in 16 months.

Workers will see modest pay increases
NEW YORK -- Despite an improved economy, cost-conscious employers are granting workers limited pay raises this year, and plan only slightly larger increases in 2005.

Station picks up steam
WFXG-TV is a good TV station, but now it's starting to act like it.

Trade deficit narrows to $46 billion in May

Low-cost airlines cut fares to fill seats
DALLAS -- A fresh round of airfare cuts are great for travelers but pose a continuing problem for older airlines that can't make money at such low prices, analysts say.

Buyers wary of loans on Internet

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Yukos is offering to pay tax claims within 2 years
MOSCOW -- The Yukos oil company said Wednesday the beleaguered oil giant has offered to pay the government $8 billion in back taxes over a two-year period.

Business briefs

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.

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.

Eighty-year-old records first ace by using driver

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

Probes must go on
With his health apparently deteriorating - and his county smarting from allegations of corruption against him - Jenkins County Sheriff Bobby Womack's sudden resignation this week was a merciful end indeed.

No more tax hikes!
Talk about going through the motions. That's what the Augusta Commission is doing with the three public hearings it'll be holding on the .63 millage increase that's planned for the fiscal year that starts next month.

Speak now, or ...

What's wrong with Augusta?

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

Probes must go on

Open tab
Ready for a night on the town? Here's a roundup of happenings at Augusta-Aiken area clubs:

Hellblinki Sextet plans multimedia extravaganza
Part cabaret act and part living laboratory, the Hellblinki Sextet's oddball antics, bleak and beautiful music and highly theatrical stage performances loom large over the Augusta music scene.

Southern Nationals will return to Savannah River this weekend
The Savannah River was once the engine that drove the economy of Augusta. Those days are long past, though, and the waterway's role has mostly shrunk to a placid path plied by the occasional watercraft.

New home-video releases
Here's a look at some of the new releases in video and DVD:

People in the News
NEW YORK -- Life after Elvis is far from heartbreak hotel for the Presley women.

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.

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

Applause calendar
GET LISTED: Send your event or group's schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

Club calendar
AIKEN BREWING CO.: 140 Laurens St. S.W., Aiken; Dollar Daze with $1 longnecks, $2 imports and $2 pints, upstairs sports bar only tonight; Moosa 9:30 p.m. Friday and Redheaded Stepchild 9:30 p.m. Saturday, international buffet every second Tuesday, happy hour 4-7 p.m. every day.

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

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.

On the road
OUT OF AFRICA: The South Carolina State Museum will hold a daylong celebration of African culture, history and natural science at its Jambo Afrika! festival, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The event features crafts, drumming, children's activities, representatives from a variety of African nations and African dance and music performances.

Bank of America posts higher second-quarter earnings
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Bank of America on Wednesday posted a nearly 41 percent increase in its second-quarter profit, beating Wall Street expectations.

AMD posts second-quarter earnings of $32.2 million
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Chip-maker Advanced Micro Devices Inc. posted its third consecutive quarter of profitability Wednesday, driven by strong sales of computer microprocessors and flash memory chips for cellular phones.

Apple's third-quarter earnings beat expectations
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Apple Computer Inc. posted stronger-than-expected third-quarter profit and revenues Wednesday on heavy sales of its computers and portable music players.

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.

Tokyo stocks close lower

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.

Divided SEC proposes new oversight on hedge funds
WASHINGTON -- The Securities and Exchange Commission proposed Wednesday to put new government clamps on high-risk, potentially high-yield hedge funds, fast-growing investment pools for the wealthy.

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.

Second-hand becomes first choice for many budget-conscious parents

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.

Divided SEC proposes new oversight on hedge funds

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.

McDonald's expects to beat Wall Street's earnings estimates

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.

Intel's second-quarter earnings nearly double

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.

Tokyo stocks rise for third straight session

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.

Times' profit up 4 percent in second quarter; ad growth slows

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.

Times' profit up 4 percent in second quarter; ad growth slows
NEW YORK -- The New York Times Co. reported a 4 percent increase in second-quarter profits Wednesday on higher advertising revenues, especially help-wanted ads.

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.

Big Movers in the Stock Market
NEW YORK -- Stocks that were moving substantially or trading heavily Wednesday 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.

AMD posts second-quarter earnings of $32.2 million

J&J doubles second-quarter profit

Big Movers in the Stock Market

Big Movers in the Stock Market

McDonald's expects to beat Wall Street's earnings estimates
OAK BROOK, Ill. -- McDonald's Corp. on Wednesday said strong sales growth in June at its established restaurants worldwide should help it beat Wall Street's earnings estimates for the second quarter.

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

Tokyo stocks close lower
TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks fell sharply Wednesday after disappointing comments from Intel Corp. dragged down Japanese technology shares. The U.S. dollar was higher against the Japanese yen.

Bank of America posts higher second-quarter earnings

Apple's third-quarter earnings beat expectations

Second-hand becomes first choice for many budget-conscious parents
NEW YORK -- Audra Coble dresses her 14-month-old son in style, occasionally splurging on brand-name labels such as Marie Chantal and Baby CZ.

Merrill Lynch reports higher second quarter earnings

Stocks slip as disappointing Intel outlook, lower retail sales
NEW YORK -- Stocks slumped Wednesday as a worrisome combination - lower-than-expected retail sales and a disappointing forecast from Intel Corp. - offset upbeat earnings news from McDonald's Corp. and other companies.

What's for lunch
THE EATERY: The Snug Steak & Grill, 240 Davis Road, Martinez

Small portions

Joint effort will bring new Mexican restaurant to area

What's for lunch

Joint effort will bring new Mexican restaurant to area
Drivers aren't the only ones looking forward to the end of construction on Furys Ferry Road. When the stretch alongside a former office building is finished, a new Mexican restaurant will open.

Artisan bakers prosper even as the country goes low-carb

That red snapper might not be a red snapper

Grubbin'

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.

That red snapper might not be a red snapper
Scientists recommend that you think twice before spending $15 for a red snapper filet the size of an index card. A new genetics study suggests a poor ocean cousin might be masquerading as its upscale relative on your dinner plate.

Grubbin'
THE PLACE: Alex's Restaurant and Sports Bar, 3160 Wrightsboro Road

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

Els says USGA turned Open into 'farce'

Goosen happily remains in the shadows

Royal Troon is a true test for the best
TROON, Scotland - From the time Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Ernie Els and the rest of golf's top players set foot on Royal Troon, they have lavished this piece of linksland with praise.

Hendrix takes another shot
Matt Hendrix knew from tee to green he was good enough to play on the PGA Tour. And he proved it in his first tournament as a professional.

Americans opt to skip third major

Royal Troon is a true test for the best

Hendrix takes another shot

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.

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

Goosen happily remains in the shadows
TROON, Scotland - Even if you can't see him, it's easy to spot Tiger Woods. He's surrounded by police and private security staff wherever he goes.

Top coaches take note at Peach Jam Select

Game gives teen new perspective

Peach Jam promises 'absolutely elite' action

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

Georgia Games will test youth team

Georgia Games will test youth team
The Junior Lynx 10-and-under roller hockey team will represent Augusta for the first time at this weekend's 2004 Georgia Games in Atlanta.

Georgia Games will test youth team

Georgia Games will test youth team
The Junior Lynx 10-and-under roller hockey team will represent Augusta for the first time at this weekend's 2004 Georgia Games in Atlanta.

Flyers sign Philadelphia native Voce

Jackman agrees to multiyear contract with Penguins

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.

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

MCG team finds cause of immune suppressor
Cancerous tumors appear to use rare cells to shield themselves from attacks by the body's immune system, a Medical College of Georgia researcher said. And a drug that appears to reverse the effect is being tested now at the National Cancer Institute and might be ready for clinical trials in humans as early as next year.

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

Banning abortion is not the answer
One thing I have learned over the years is that you have to work with facts as well as reality when trying to find a solution to a problem. One problem, according to some, is abortions. Sarabeth Levine Augusta

Slave reparations are unjustified

President's inexperience shows

Banning abortion is not the answer

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

Slave reparations are unjustified
In the July 6 Augusta Chronicle, we find out that the Rev. Nathaniel Irvin thinks America should pay reparations to the great-grandchildren of slaves. He claims that not only is it not a handout but that they "deserve" the payment. What a crock. Donny Gray, Augusta

Schools should know grills are about fashion, not gangs
I am a rising freshman at Butler High School, and I don't think that belt buckles or gold teeth should be removed, because they have nothing to do with gangs. Lataisha Hill 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

Jekyll Island a prime destination for the adventurous

China confronts consequences of calories

NASA again postpones launch of pollution-study satellite Aura

Soybean farmers hope to pump up interest in biodiesel

Scientists recommend plans to repair Hubble telescope

Scientists recommend plans to repair Hubble telescope
A national panel of scientists recommended Tuesday that NASA proceed with its plan to send astronauts to repair the Hubble Space telescope, even as the space agency solicits proposals for robots to do the work instead.

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.

Voting machine critics rally across the nation
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- A coalition of activists around the nation held rallies in state capitals to publicize their fears about paperless voting systems.

Jekyll Island a prime destination for the adventurous
Pack up for a trip to Jekyll Island, Ga., and don't forget to take the bikes.

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.

Delights of days past have place at South of the Border
From the humblest of beginnings, a monument to the enduring power of tack.

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.

Across Georgia
ST. SIMONS ISLAND - The electric vehicles wheeled around Sea Island by President Bush and other world leaders during last month's Group of Eight Summit are being auctioned off to benefit a G-8 legacy project on St. Simons Island.

Across Georgia

DeMint opposes rival's stance on free trade
AIKEN - U.S. Rep. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., continued to play up his free-trade credentials Wednesday, voicing enthusiastic support for the latest pact with Australia.

Across the area
Police arrested an Augusta man after two juveniles said he shot at them Tuesday afternoon because he thought they had stolen his car.

News you can use
July 15, 1953 Peace and quiet on the Augusta strike front was shattered by pistol fire early yesterday afternoon when an unknown person fired into a Coach company bus resulting in slight injury to a passenger.

Walker, daughter deny guilt at court hearing

Board votes to postpone loss of Medicaid benefits
ATLANTA - The board that oversees Medicaid agreed Wednesday to delay a rule that would end benefits for 1,700 Georgians in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.

Man restores log cabins

News you can use

Man watches out for plants
AIKEN - When Bob McCartney heads to the garden, he isn't just stopping to smell the roses - he's heading on an adventure.

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

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.

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

Adams' picks end up in high places

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.

St. Joseph ends first phase

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

Officials' woes fill city's past
The upcoming legal proceedings of two Augusta politicians, former Georgia Senate Majority Leader Charles Walker and former Georgia Rep. Robin Williams, mark the first time in almost a decade that prominent city officials have found themselves before a federal judge.

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.

Season's hottest day hits
Some of the hottest temperatures of the season descended on the Augusta area Wednesday, soaring to the upper 90s.

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

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON - A Florida woman has died after a tree fell on her car on U.S. Highway 17 during a storm.

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

Latecomer begins Senate bid
AIKEN - After entering the race almost six weeks past the filing deadline, McCormick County Republican Bernie Hamby has quietly started his campaign to unseat incumbent state Sen. Tommy Moore, D-Clearwater.

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.

Older drivers dread road aggression most
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. - The biggest danger on the highway isn't big trucks, bad roads or drunk drivers. It's aggressive drivers, according to a AAA Carolinas survey of South Carolina's older motorists.

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.

Walker, daughter deny guilt at court hearing
Former state Sen. Charles Walker and his daughter, Monique Walker-Hill, could say little at their federal arraignment Wednesday. But their attorneys and the prosecutors presenting the 142-count indictment against them sparred openly in U.S. District Court.

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.

Teams remove debris of crash

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.

DeMint opposes rival's stance on free trade

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.

Airport to expand welcome area
Right now it's just a small corner tucked away in Augusta Regional Airport where visitors can pick up a few brochures.

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.

Sheriff is resigning from duty

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.

Across the area

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.

Kid of the day

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.

Panel to address chicken problem

Two ASU colleges get new leaders

Kid of the day

Lack of juvenile appeals draws ACLU's attention

Rants and raves
THE LIGHT SENTENCE that Chad Muns got should have everybody up in arms. Because of his daddy's position, he worked something out here. He should have spent several more years in jail for what he did. He's a menace to society and should be off the streets for 10 years or more.

Police officer is remembered by sheriff, friends

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Carleigh Deal, 7, of North Augusta.

Death of officer surprises force

Law enforcement serves up lunch
AIKEN - Officers and deputies will be underscoring the latter part of the old law enforcement motto - "to protect and serve" - when they play waiters during a charity luncheon Friday to benefit the outreach arm of the Aiken Center for Alcohol and Drug Services.

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

Doctor denies charges of fraud
An Augusta podiatrist accused of Medicare fraud pleaded innocent to charges Wednesday.

News you can use
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.

Smoking ban will slide into effect
ATHENS, Ga. - Athens-Clarke County Mayor Heidi Davison likely won't sign a partial smoking ban but will allow the new law to slip into effect without official action.

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.

Teams remove debris of crash
JALAPA, S.C. - Federal investigators worked throughout Wednesday to remove the wreckage of a medical helicopter that crashed in Newberry County the day before and killed all four people aboard.

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.

Friend averts robbery
AIKEN - A Savannah River Site worker might have saved a co-worker from a robbery or worse when he drove up behind her early Wednesday and scared off three masked assailants.

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.

Latecomer begins Senate bid

Doctor denies charges of fraud

Family, friends recall lives of medical helicopter crew
COLUMBIA - Family and friends say members of the helicopter medical rescue crew who died in a crash near Jalapa on Tuesday were devoted to helping people.

Across the area

Race revs up pastors, flocks
POOLER, Ga. - The '78 Chevy Monte Carlo slides out of turn four spinning 180 degrees as other racers whiz past on the slippery dirt track, but this novice driver doesn't scare easily; he's fueled by faith.

Law enforcement serves up lunch

Chatham Democrats divorce from Miller
SAVANNAH, Ga. - The Chatham County Democratic Committee is so upset at U.S. Sen. Zell Miller for his camaraderie with the Republican Party that they divorced the Democratic lawmaker.

Race revs up pastors, flocks

Airport to expand welcome area

2 retirees laud SRS heritage

Older drivers dread road aggression most

Medical helicopter crashes, kills four

Officials' woes fill city's past

Board votes to postpone loss of Medicaid benefits

Smoking ban will slide into effect

MCG team finds cause of immune suppressor

Chatham Democrats divorce from Miller

Family, friends recall lives of medical helicopter crew

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.

Man watches out for plants

Two bridges will be replaced

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.

Panel to address chicken problem
FITZGERALD, Ga. - Mayor Gerald Thompson has appointed a panel to study his town's growing flock of wild chickens, a source of one of the most heated disputes since the town's 1890s founding as a colony for weary Union veterans.

Haas, Funk are studies in contrasting ideals
This is a tale of two Americans - one too old for this and another old enough to know better.

Study: more violence, sex and profanity in movies

Study: more violence, sex and profanity in movies
BOSTON -- Violence, sex, and profanity in movies increased significantly between 1992 and 2003, while ratings became more lenient, according to a new Harvard study.

Mini reviews

Disney struggles at the box office

Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater locations through Wednesday.

Disney struggles at the box office
LOS ANGELES -- The Walt Disney Co. is counting on spooky film master M. Night Shyamalan, a crooning Julie Andrews and a family of aging superheroes to rescue it from a cold streak that even the legendary King Arthur couldn't snap.

Couple helps bring inventive musical to Augusta's theater

Music spotlight

Report: battered suitcase yields possible Beatles trove

Couple helps bring inventive musical to Augusta's theater
Augusta actors Jonathan White, 19, and Susannah McLeod, 18, aren't old enough to drink and are barely old enough to vote.

Hot ticket

Hot ticket
WHAT: D12, with Slum Village and Bone Crusher WHEN: 8 Thursday

'Chronicle' songwriting contest deadline is set

Music spotlight
THE MUSICIAN: Mindy Stephens, 34 HOMETOWN: Waynesboro, Ga.

Country music sales jump on strength of new artists

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.

Latin Grammy nominations announced

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.

'Chronicle' songwriting contest deadline is set
Do you have a song in your heart? Better yet, do you have a song on CD?

Latin Grammy nominations announced
LOS ANGELES -- Brazilian jazz singer Maria Rita, Spanish crooner Alejandro Sanz and Cuban pianist Bebo Valdes each received four Latin Grammy nominations Wednesday, while producer Tom Capone had a leading five bids.

School of hard knocks

Ford sues NASCAR driver, alleges breach of contract

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.

NASCAR newsmaker Tony Stewart
Tony Stewart's controversial season continued last Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway.

Kahne's team hit with fine for brawl

School of hard knocks
MOORESVILLE, N.C. - Jessica Guinn barely knew the difference between a seat belt and a fan belt, but she figured something was wrong when a local mechanic in Orange Park, Fla., tried to sell her fluid for her turn signal.

NASCAR newsmaker Tony Stewart

Kahne's team hit with fine for brawl
Tony Stewart's aggressive driving continues to bolster NASCAR's penalty coffers.

Officials investigate reports of star's ride
ATLANTA - State officials continued to investigate reports Wednesday that NASCAR driver Bill Elliott was allowed to fly a military-style helicopter during a drug surveillance mission.

NASCAR fines Kahne's crew chief over pit lane fight

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.

Hello, Miami: O'Neal trade goes through

Hello, Miami: O'Neal trade goes through
MIAMI - The Big Diesel has gone coast to coast.

Agent: Hudson reaches tentative agreement with Wolves

News of Shaq trade impacts South Florida

Pacers' Jones to have shoulder surgery

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.

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.

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.

Pistons add McDyess and Delfino but wait on Wallace
DETROIT -- Antonio McDyess will fill Mehmet Okur's vacated role, and Carlos Delfino - one of the Detroit Pistons' two 2003 first-round draft picks - is joining the defending NBA champions, too.

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.

Cohan sells 20 percent of Warriors

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.

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

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.

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.

Pistons add McDyess and Delfino but wait on Wallace

Miami's Rolle suspended from team

Da Coach for Senate? Chicagoans want to draft Ditka

Bingham signs three-year deal with Chargers

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Prosecutor orders investigation of Athens electricity blackout

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.

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

Once nearly invincible, Marion Jones now very beatable

Collector shows even non-athletes can become Olympic medal holders

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.

Changes help Dragila regain form
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Stacy Dragila was the first women's pole vault champion in Olympic history.

Dash helps Thompson win 50

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.

Head of Iraq Olympic Committee escaped assassination attempt

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.

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.

Campbell, Lewis head British Olympic team

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.

Crocker cooks Phelps in fly

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.

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.

Dash helps Thompson win 50
LONG BEACH, Calif. - Jenny Thompson has two more chances for her own Olympic gold medal.

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.

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.

Tyson opponent sees obscurity as advantage

Time for Armstrong, others to shine as Tour gets serious

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

Overtime

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

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.

Native wins on French holiday
SAINT-FLOUR, France - Frenchman Richard Virenque won the first mountain stage of the Tour de France on Wednesday in a leg that included the first jousting between five-time champion Lance Armstrong and rival Jan Ullrich.

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

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.

Top coaches take note at Peach Jam Select
As much as a few members of team Peach Jam Select tried to play it off, they were nearly floored by who showed up to see them play this week.

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.

Game gives teen new perspective
On the surface, the plight of Dominique Archie's young life doesn't sound too different than that of many other 16-year-old high school students.

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.

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.

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.

Local talent featured on novelty song 'I Love NASCAR'

Resignation demanded of bishop in seminary porn scandal
VIENNA, Austria -- Pressure mounted Wednesday for the resignation of an embattled Roman Catholic bishop over the discovery at a seminary of a huge cache of child pornography and photos of candidates for the priesthood engaging in gay sex.

Local talent featured on novelty song 'I Love NASCAR'
There are some familiar local voices you might hear in the Cledus T. Judd song parody I Love NASCAR (a comedic takeoff on Toby Keith's I Love This Bar).

Haas, Funk are studies in contrasting ideals

Because you insist, here are the best chick flicks

Studios spar over anchorman Pat O'Brien

Studios spar over anchorman Pat O'Brien
LOS ANGELES -- Two studios are in a court fight over whether anchorman Pat O'Brien can promote his upcoming TV news magazine "The Insider" while under contract to competing "Access Hollywood."

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.

Documentary aims to show bias on Fox News Channel
NEW YORK -- A new documentary backed by liberal political groups aims to document that the Fox News Channel is anything but "fair and balanced," despite the cable-news network's motto.

Ken Jennings racks up $1 million on 'Jeopardy!'
NEW YORK -- Television's seemingly unbeatable answer man - or question man - has passed the $1 million mark on "Jeopardy!"

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

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?

Fox joining the crowded race to become reality TV headquarters
NEW YORK -- Fox is planning to start the Fox Reality Channel early next year, perhaps moving to the front of the suddenly crowded sweepstakes of networks looking to capitalize on the format.

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.

Ken Jennings racks up $1 million on 'Jeopardy!'

Fox joining the crowded race to become reality TV headquarters

Documentary aims to show bias on Fox News Channel

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

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Southern Nationals will return to Savannah River this weekend

New home-video releases

George Clooney a welcome distraction for Italians

Evans puts in long hours as he works to trim senior staff

Evans puts in long hours as he works to trim senior staff
ATHENS, Ga. - When Damon Evans took over as Georgia's athletic director July 1, there were a 14 associate or assistant athletic directors on staff.

'Manchurian Candidate' still timely
A sly satire and a chilling thriller, The Manchurian Candidate (1962), re-released this week on DVD, is the rarest sort of film, a classic both of its time and timeless. It's a movie that not only remains fresh and interesting but also gains relevancy.

Because you insist, here are the best chick flicks
Since I started this column nearly three years ago, the most frequent request has been that I write about what is referred to as the "chick flick." I've always resisted.

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.

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Odds and Ends

Officers kill escaped tiger of former Tarzan actor

Elderly volunteers become smog detectors in Mexico City

Resignation demanded of bishop in seminary porn scandal