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.

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.

Homers highlight early TKO

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.

Houston fires coaching staff

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.

Second half could be full of surprises

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.

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

Bad cell phone? Not a problem

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
SAN DIEGO -- The police chief in the nation's seventh-biggest city has ordered a cover-up. He's cracking down on his own officers' tattoos.

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

Giles, Braves whip Expos

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.

Giles, Braves whip Expos
ATLANTA - In his first game in nearly nine weeks, Marcus Giles sparked a pair of rallies with run-scoring doubles and seven different hitters knocked in runs as the Braves picked up where they left off before the All-Star break with an 8-0 drubbing of the Expos before a crowd of 33,883 fans.

Wholesale prices, industrial production fall in June

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.

OPEC to increase in oil output ceiling

Workers will see modest pay increases

Well-earned retirement

Yukos is offering to pay tax claims within 2 years

Typical teacher pay moves up modestly, nears $46,000

Station picks up steam

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.

Retail sales drop by 1.1 percent in June

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

Augusta factory is mold for success
The way Procter & Gamble manages its 98,000 employees worldwide can be traced to the company's Augusta laundry detergent plant.

Business briefs

Well-earned retirement
Martha Holley's first job after high school was checking bank deposits to make sure the teller's math was accurate.

Augusta factory is mold for success

Business briefs
NEW YORK - Tyco International Ltd.'s former top lawyer, Mark A. Belnick, was acquitted Thursday of charges that he stole millions of dollars by accepting an illegal bonus and abusing company loan programs.

Enron gets approval to emerge from bankrutpcy protection

Wholesale prices, industrial production fall in June
WASHINGTON --Wholesale prices fell by 0.3 percent in June and big industry production was down as well, unexpected developments that one analyst likened to the economy hitting a speed bump.

Harrah's Entertainment to acquire Caesars

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.

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.

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.

Crude oil futures top $41 per barrel on terror fears

Enron gets approval to emerge from bankrutpcy protection
HOUSTON -- Enron Corp. received court approval Thursday to emerge from one of the most expensive bankruptcies in history.

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.

OPEC to increase in oil output ceiling
LONDON -- With the price of oil stuck above $40 a barrel, OPEC has reached a consensus to raise its daily production target by 500,000 barrels, or 2 percent, in an effort to keep crude prices from lurching even higher, officials said Thursday.

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

Harrah's Entertainment to acquire Caesars
LAS VEGAS -- Harrah's Entertainment Inc. is buying Caesars Entertainment Inc. for about $5.2 billion in cash and stock in a deal that would create the largest gambling company in the world.

Typical teacher pay moves up modestly, nears $46,000
WASHINGTON -- Teachers were paid an average of $45,771 last year, a figure not keeping pace with educators' expenses, says a teachers' union survey.

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.

BCS shifts to find right mix
There will be fewer numbers to crunch in the revamped version of the Bowl Championship Series formula.

BCS shifts to find right mix

Our picks for higher courts
You never see them. And if you hear them speak, they have to be so guarded that you won't hear very much.

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.

Our picks for higher courts

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.

Commitment is key
Political observers who've been following the campaign for a constitutional amendment defining marriage solely as a union between a man and a woman were not surprised the measure came up short in the U.S. Senate. But they were surprised at the magnitude of the defeat.

Probes must go on

Commitment is key

People in the News
LONDON -- Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi and his cohort of female bodyguards are the focus of an opera commissioned by one of Britain's leading companies.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Croc Hunter cleared of getting too close to Antarctic wild life
CANBERRA, Australia -- "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin has escaped from another predicament.

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.

Slim-Fast dumps Whoopi Goldberg over anti-Bush remarks
LOS ANGELES -- The Slim-Fast diet drink company has dumped Whoopi Goldberg from its advertising because its executives were unhappy with remarks the comedian made at a recent political rally that mocked President Bush.

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

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

Tokyo stocks mixed amid tech issue pessimism

Money funds fell in latest week
NEW YORK -- Assets of the nation's retail money market mutual funds fell by $4.45 billion in the latest week to $851.84 billion, the Investment Company Institute said Thursday.

Bank of America posts higher second-quarter earnings

Big Movers in the Stock Market

Southwest profit falls by more than half

Wachovia earnings up in second quarter

Dollar strengthens following auspicious Fed reports

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

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.

Dow Jones earnings rise; outlook unclear
NEW YORK -- Financial news publisher Dow Jones & Co. reported a 10 percent rise in second-quarter profits Thursday, but the company cautioned that advertising remained "well below" normal levels at The Wall Street Journal.

Amended complaint alleges mutual fund trading fraud by Prudential brokers
BOSTON -- Five former Prudential Securities brokers and their manager used fake identities and other tactics to help hedge funds engage in more than $1.3 billion worth of improper mutual fund trades, the Securities and Exchange Commission said in a new complaint.

Mortgage rates drop for fourth straight week
WASHINGTON -- Rates on 30-year and 15-year mortgages dropped for the fourth week in a row, welcome news for people wanting to buy a home.

Amended complaint alleges mutual fund trading fraud by Prudential brokers

Tokyo stocks mixed amid tech issue pessimism
TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks ended mixed Thursday, with rises in real estate and retail shares offsetting more losses for technology blue chips. The U.S. dollar was slightly higher against the Japanese yen.

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.

Southwest profit falls by more than half
DALLAS -- Southwest Airlines said Thursday that its second-quarter profit fell by 54 percent, missing Wall Street targets, as the low-cost carrier faced higher expenses for fuel and labor.

Marriott earnings up 29 percent on travel boost

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.

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

IBM profits rise 17 percent on strong hardware sales
NEW YORK -- Strong growth in computer hardware sales helped boost second-quarter profits by 17 percent at IBM Corp., beating Wall Street's forecast for the technology bellwether Thursday.

UnitedHealth beats Street by a penny
MINNEAPOLIS -- Second-quarter earnings at UnitedHealth Group Inc. jumped 36 percent on strength across its health insurance businesses, and the company on Thursday raised its guidance for the second time this year.

Divided SEC proposes new oversight on hedge funds

Scripps earnings rise on cable, TV ads
CINCINNATI -- Rapid advertising growth in its cable television networks and increased political advertising on broadcast TV stations helped raise the E.W. Scripps Co.'s second-quarter earnings by 34 percent, the company reported Thursday.

Apple's third-quarter earnings beat expectations

PepsiCo reports gain in second quarter profits
NEW YORK -- PepsiCo Inc. posted a 12 percent gain in second quarter earnings Thursday, as strong overseas sales partially offset weakness in its snacks, cereal, rice and pasta businesses. The company said it would introduce more low-sugar, high-protein products to woo carb-conscious consumers.

Dollar strengthens following auspicious Fed reports
NEW YORK - The dollar moved higher Thursday, bolstered by signs of economic strength in two regional Federal Reserve reports and by traders exiting positions that had been bullish on the Japanese yen.

Wachovia earnings up in second quarter
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Wachovia Corp. on Thursday posted record second-quarter earnings of $1.25 billion, or 95 cents per share. That compared with $1.03 billion, or 77 cents per share, in the second quarter of 2003.

PepsiCo reports gain in second quarter profits

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.

UnitedHealth beats Street by a penny

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

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.

Class action settlement cuts into Citigroup earnings
NEW YORK -- Citigroup Inc. earned $1.14 billion in the second quarter, 73 percent lower than a year ago because of a mammoth class-action settlement with Worldcom investors that took a heavy toll on the big bank's profits.

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.

Marriott earnings up 29 percent on travel boost
BETHESDA, Md. -- Hotel operator Marriott International said Thursday that second quarter earnings rose 29 percent, a boost the company attributed to a surging demand from travelers and higher fees paid by franchisers.

IBM profits rise 17 percent on strong hardware sales

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

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.

Stocks mixed in volatile trading
NEW YORK -- Uncertain investors sent stocks lower Thursday, as the market's uneasiness over terrorism and future earnings overshadowed an unexpected drop in wholesale prices and another series of upbeat profit reports.

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.

Tokyo stocks close lower

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.

AMD posts second-quarter earnings of $32.2 million

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.

Fishing tournament news
Sponsoring a bass, crappie, catfish or other fishing tournament? Mail or fax your flyer or information to Fishing Editor, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, Ga. 30903-1928. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. Tournament reports must include first and last names of the participants, total numbers of fish and total weight of the catch.

The secret's out on striped bass
It's been an open secret that during the last few years, the striped bass fishery in the Savannah River below New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam has offered tackle-busting action.

Fishing tournament news

The secret's out on striped bass

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

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.

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

Joint effort will bring new Mexican restaurant to area

What's for lunch

That red snapper might not be a red snapper

Grubbin'

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.

Farmers grow gargantuan fruits and vegetables
At 180 pounds and more than 2 feet in length, Russell Collins' watermelon could have broken records, but he'll never know.

Black raspberries deserve a revival

Gardens, landscape demand plenty of care during July

Farmers grow gargantuan fruits and vegetables

Black raspberries deserve a revival
A hundred years ago, black raspberries were at least as popular, perhaps more so, than red raspberries.

Gardens, landscape demand plenty of care during July
July is a busy month in the landscape. Here are some tips:

Par could be lost in Forest Hills

Ex-PGA Tour player loses battle with ALS
NORWICH, Vt. - Former PGA Tour player Jeff Julian died Thursday, nearly three years after being diagnosed with ALS. He was 42.

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.

Ex-PGA Tour player loses battle with ALS

Goosen happily remains in the shadows

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.

Troon can't defend itself on calm day
TROON, Scotland - A double eagle from Gary Evans, the rarest shot in golf. An ace from Ernie Els on the Postage Stamp, one of the most famous par 3s in the world.

Great Scot: Monty finds lots of cheers
TROON, Scotland - The home fans were cheering their favorite son, and with each early birdie the buzz grew at Royal Troon. Colin Montgomerie, their Monty, was making a run in the British Open.

Par could be lost in Forest Hills
Old Man Par has been an elusive figure on the Regions Cup golf circuit, and he's expected to be just as hard to find when the Augusta City Amateur begins today at Forest Hills Golf Club.

Hendrix takes another shot

Troon can't defend itself on calm day

Royal Troon is a true test for the best

Game gives teen new perspective

Top coaches take note at Peach Jam Select

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.

Bad cell phone? Not a problem
I'm out of the mainstream, particularly when it comes to complaining.

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.

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

Rawlings best qualified for court
Let's bring honor back to the courts. Tom Rawlings is a highly qualified candidate for the Georgia Court of Appeals. He is a young man from Sandersville where both sides of his family have lived for over 200 years. Carrie and Dave Welter, 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

Make Whittle, Padgett your choices
There has been a trend in Columbia County to accept everyone who runs as a Republican at his or her word. Labels, party affiliations and, sad to say, principles come and go in politics. Merle Temple Evans

Sims the pick for District 3
Augustans living in District 3 are fortunate to have Barbara Sims representing them on the city commission. We, as citizens, are also blessed that she is running for that position, to which she was appointed in January, on Tuesday. William B. Kuhlke Jr. 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

Rawlings best qualified for court

Banning abortion is not the answer

Sims the pick for District 3

Slave reparations are unjustified

Elect Moretz to city commission

Elect Moretz to city commission
Please vote for David Moretz on Tuesday for Augusta District 3 commissioner. Anna Doris Wilds Augusta

Jekyll Island a prime destination for the adventurous

Try to be neat when writing essays on college exams

Scientists recommend plans to repair Hubble telescope

NASA launches Aura satellite to study Earth's atmosphere

Ford Escape is first American hybrid

Where's summer? For many Europeans, summer seems like fall

Red Cross issues urgent call for blood donations

Desolation Canyon: We need a plane - now!

NASA launches Aura satellite to study Earth's atmosphere
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- After a series of delays, NASA's Aura satellite was launched into orbit early Thursday on a $785 million mission to study Earth's atmosphere.

Try to be neat when writing essays on college exams
Worried sloppy penmanship will cost you on the new SAT with essay, or the similar, optional section of the ACT? Don't be, test administrators say.

Honda CR-Vs scrutinized
American Honda Motor Co. said it is notifying dealers about a possible defect that has caused at least 27 CR-V sport utility vehicles from the 2003 -04 model years to catch fire after getting their first oil changes, The Associated Press reported.

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.

Where's summer? For many Europeans, summer seems like fall
VIENNA, Austria -- Snowball fights in July. Mulled wine instead of wine coolers. Thermostats set on high. Spring has come and gone, fall approaches - and Europeans are still waiting for summer.

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

Desolation Canyon: We need a plane - now!
THE STORY SO FAR: As the expedition down the Green River struggles through the most dangerous rapids, Roger, Lisa, and Aaron find themselves being pulled into the most dangerous spot of all, a keeper hole.

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.

Ford Escape is first American hybrid
The vehicle Americans both love and hate - the sport utility - is getting greener. By summer's end, Ford Motor Co. will launch the 2005 Escape Hybrid, the first SUV powered by a gasoline-electric hybrid power plant.

Red Cross issues urgent call for blood donations
WASHINGTON -- The American Red Cross is issuing an urgent call for blood donations, saying parts of the country have less than a day's supply and some hospitals are postponing elective surgeries to conserve.

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.

Walker, daughter deny guilt at court hearing

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.

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.

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.

Seminar gives farmers pointers

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.

Race revs up pastors, flocks

Older drivers dread road aggression most

Panel to address chicken problem

Bringing down the house
Before the public could take a hammer to some of Fort Gordon's old wood and take it home, some demonstration was in order.

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

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.

Kid of the day

Group proposes using funds for amphitheater
It was entertainment and leisure day for the Augusta Commission on Thursday as members heard requests for sales tax money from the city's recreation and parks department and a group proposing a south Augusta amphitheater.

Across the area

Latecomer begins Senate bid

Law enforcement serves up lunch

Traditional signs still favored tool
ATLANTA - Despite the ease at which candidates can reach voters via the Internet or television, new research indicates that "the ground war" - old-fashioned methods of yard signs, bumper stickers and door-to-door canvassing - is still alive and well.

County names interim sheriff

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - Revenue from the Georgia Lottery increased more than $100 million in the year ending June 30 - the ninth sales record since the games began in 1993.

Traditional signs still favored tool

Recreation adviser dies of heart attack
Bobby Waters, a longtime fixture in the Columbia County Recreation Department, died Thursday afternoon from a heart attack. He was 53.

Leader of board will stay

Across the area
A trust fund has been established for the grandchildren of Columbia County sheriff's deputy Wesley Mack, who died earlier this week after being struck by a vehicle on Interstate 20.

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

Smoking ban will slide into effect

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.

County names interim sheriff
A former school superintendent has been named to replace Jenkins County Sheriff Bobby Womack, who left office Thursday citing poor health.

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.

Group proposes using funds for amphitheater

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Across the area

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.

Chatham Democrats divorce from Miller

Bringing down the house

Across Georgia

Forsyth sheriff's candidate vows to stay in race

Teams remove debris of crash

Chemicals catch fire, destroying business

Doctor denies charges of fraud

Across Georgia

Man watches out for plants

MCG team finds cause of immune suppressor

Airport to expand welcome area

Kid of the day

Officials' woes fill city's past

Leader drops salary request

Convict fails to win sentence reduction
The president of a Thomson construction company who bilked a pharmaceutical company out of millions of dollars lost a legal argument this week that might have shortened his prison sentence.

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.

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON - A Charleston County woman is facing charges after she told authorities she gave her 5-month-old son methadone to ease teething pain and he died.

Feeding a growing need
WATKINSVILLE, Ga. - Carol Nufer is helping bring healthy food to the people.

Officials issue rabies warning
Recent rabid animal attacks forced Columbia County Animal Control officials to issue a warning Thursday to pet owners.

Seminar gives farmers pointers
BLACKVILLE, S.C. - Powell Smith is an entomologist at Clemson University's Edisto Research and Education Center. In layman's terms, that translates into "bug warrior."

12th District candidates seek favor of black voters
WASHINGTON - Tensions are high in Georgia's 12th District congressional race, where four Democrats - all of them white - are trying to distinguish themselves in a black community that could account for as much as half of the primary vote.

Forsyth sheriff's candidate vows to stay in race
ATLANTA - Gary Beebe is not giving up on his campaign to become Forsyth County sheriff, even though he is accused of accepting thousands of dollars in cash last week from undercover FBI informants with the promise of contracts, kickbacks and other special treatment if elected.

Speeders mar neighborhood
SAVANNAH, Ga. - The Paradise Park neighborhood used to be known as a secret cut-through to avoid traffic.

News you can use
JULY 16, 1984 Augusta police were searching for an escapee from the Augusta Youth Development Center who stole his sister's car Sunday while she visited Augusta.The 16-year-old youth took the car, a 1981 Oldsmobile Cutlass, without the permission of his sister, Valerie Regina Williams, 20, of Gainesville, Ga., police said. The sister was visiting Augusta's Pendleton King Park when the incident occurred shortly after noon. The car was last seen heading east on Interstate 20.

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.

Leader drops salary request
A controversial request by the manager of the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center for a pay raise, despite declining revenues and events, has been withdrawn.

Leader of board will stay
AIKEN - The chairwoman of the Margaret J. Weston Medical Center's board of directors will continue in her position despite her recent arrest on a shoplifting charge, the center's CEO said Thursday.

12th District candidates seek favor of black voters

Almost all jobs come to fruition
A majority of Augusta projects planned for 1986 through 2005 using special purpose local option sales tax money have been completed, according to a newly released city report on the tax.

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

Rants and raves
YOU CANNOT INVADE someone's country for the hell of it and not anticipate revenge. Innocent citizens of Iraq are being killed, and now our own soldiers are being sacrificed. It's called a life for a life.

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.

Almost all jobs come to fruition

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.

DeMint opposes rival's stance on free trade

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.

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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.

Authorities hunt Senate candidate
ATLANTA - The race to replace retiring Democratic state Sen. Peg Blitch in southeast Georgia has attracted three Republican candidates, including one who is facing two felony bad check charges.

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.

Chemicals catch fire, destroying business
MERRIWETHER - A Merri-wether couple must rebuild a business after ingredients for wood finish stored in 20 gallon drums ignited Thursday, setting off a chemical fire that belched black smoke visible for 20 miles.

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.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Angela S. Messer, 3, of Augusta.

MCG team finds cause of immune suppressor

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.

Board votes to postpone loss of Medicaid benefits

Family, friends recall lives of medical helicopter crew

Prep package deal might fit for Dogs
Georgia Stars guard Louis Williams says he's 95 percent certain he and South Gwinett teammate Mike Mercer will play for the University of Georgia next year.

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.

Mini reviews

At the Movies: 'A Cinderella Story'
Reimagining the fairy-tale heroine as a Valley Girl, Hilary Duff's "A Cinderella Story" is about as appealing as rush hour on the Hollywood Freeway.

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.

Study: more violence, sex and profanity in movies

At the Movies: 'The Clearing'
"The Clearing" could have been a made-for-Lifetime movie, but its status is elevated by the quality of its cast members and the strength of their performances.

At the Movies: 'The Clearing'

At the Movies: 'A Cinderella Story'

Disney struggles at the box office

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.

At the Movies: 'I, Robot'

Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater locations through Wednesday.

Marlon Brando ends film career as an elderly woman

Marlon Brando ends film career as an elderly woman
LOS ANGELES -- Marlon Brando started his screen career as a muscular leading man, and ended it as ... an elderly woman.

At the Movies: 'I, Robot'
The most informative words in "I, Robot" don't come until the end. They're in the closing credits - "Suggested by Isaac Asimov's 'I, Robot"' - and they encapsulate exactly what this movie is, and isn't.

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.

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

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

'Chronicle' songwriting contest deadline is set

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.

Music spotlight

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

Couple helps bring inventive musical to Augusta's theater

Latin Grammy nominations announced

Hot ticket

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

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

School of hard knocks

NASCAR black flags old rule to ensure finishes in greenInterim crew chief named for Labonte

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 black flags old rule to ensure finishes in greenInterim crew chief named for Labonte
Yellow-flag finishes are all but finished in NASCAR.

NASCAR newsmaker Tony Stewart

Kahne's team hit with fine for brawl

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.

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.

Harrington fits in fine as Hawks deal
INDIANAPOLIS - The Indiana Pacers sent forward Al Harrington to the Atlanta Hawks for Stephen Jackson on Thursday in a sign-and-trade deal.

Bryant stays with Lakers
LOS ANGELES - Kobe Bryant's journey through free agency ended Thursday where it began - with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Famous alumnus mentors team

Famous alumnus mentors team
A number of current NBA stars have made a point in recent years to give back to their former high school club teams.

Pistons add McDyess and Delfino but wait on Wallace

Hello, Miami: O'Neal trade goes through

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

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Mr. Jesse Bush, Jr. (TRENTON, S.C.)

Deputy Wesley Mack (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Ms. Pamela Wynn (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lottie Martin (VIRGINIA BEACH, Va.)

Mrs. Eloise Gibson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John Hogue (ALAMO, Ga.)

Johnnie Jimmerson (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. James Moore, Sr. (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Zelma Owens (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. William B. Dicks (BALTIMORE, Md.)

Mrs. Louise Roberts (WARRENTON, Ga.)

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Quick recovery from injury helps gymnast make teamWilson, Young make Olympic team
Blaine Wilson capped an amazing comeback Thursday, making his third Olympic team less than five months after tearing his left biceps.

Quick recovery from injury helps gymnast make teamWilson, Young make Olympic team

Former President Bush to lead Olympic delegation
WASHINGTON -- President Bush's father, former President George H.W. Bush, will lead the U.S. delegation at next month's Athens Olympics.

Jones on verge of making team thanks to long jumpThings looking better for Marion Jones in long jump

Jones on verge of making team thanks to long jumpThings looking better for Marion Jones in long jump
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - All of a sudden, things are looking a whole lot better for Marion Jones.

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

German gymnast paralyzed after fall
BERLIN -- A German gymnast who was expected to contend for a medal at the Athens Olympics broke his neck during practice, and doctors expect him to remain paralyzed.

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

U.S. sprinter Torri Edwards had positive drug test
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Torri Edwards, the second-place finisher in the women's 100 meters in the U.S. Olympic track and field trials, has tested positive for a banned stimulant, the sport's governing body said Thursday.

Dash helps Thompson win 50

Former President Bush to lead Olympic delegation

Life-size replica of ship in Olympic opening ceremony site
ATHENS, Greece -- The opening ceremony of the Athens Games apparently will feature a life-size replica of a ship, and the Olympic flame will burn in a giant copy of the torch used in the global relay, The Associated Press has learned.

German gymnast paralyzed after fall

Overtime

Armstrong cries foul on press
FIGEAC, France - Lance Armstrong's day was far from over when he stepped off his bike after finishing ninth in Thursday's stage of the Tour de France.

Overtime
Former Augusta high school rivals and current Tennessee Titans teammates Ben Troupe and Brandon Lynch, along with Jacksonville Jaguars safety Deon Grant, will appear tonight at the White Linen Party at 9 at the Marbury Center, 1257 Broad St.

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.

Boaters ready to get their motors running
Charlie Fegan's 235.77 mph mark set a Top Fuel Hydro speed record for the Augusta Southern Nationals back in 1999, but a lot has changed since then.

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.

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.

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).

Boaters ready to get their motors running

Prep package deal might fit for Dogs

Haas, Funk are studies in contrasting ideals

Because you insist, here are the best chick flicks

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.

Ratings for basic cable networks
Rankings for the top 15 programs on basic cable networks as compiled by Nielsen Media Research for the week of July 5-11. Each ratings point represents 1,084,000 households. Day and start time (EDT) are in parentheses.

Studios spar over anchorman Pat O'Brien

Strait-laced Singapore all set for "Sex and the City"
SINGAPORE -- This famously strait-laced city-state was bombarded Thursday with garish, pink, full-page notices that - at long last - its citizens can enjoy "Sex and the City."

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!"

'Angels in America' leads Emmy nominations with 21
LOS ANGELES -- "Angels in America," the HBO miniseries adapted from a Pulitzer Prize-winning play about New Yorkers affected by the AIDS crisis in the 1980s, received a leading 21 Emmy nominations Thursday.

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.

Documentary aims to show bias on Fox News Channel

Strait-laced Singapore all set for "Sex and the City"

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

Fox joining the crowded race to become reality TV headquarters

Ratings for basic cable networks

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."

'Angels in America' leads Emmy nominations with 21

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Croc Hunter cleared of getting too close to Antarctic wild life

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Slim-Fast dumps Whoopi Goldberg over anti-Bush remarks

Southern Nationals will return to Savannah River this weekend

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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.

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

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.

'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.

Officers kill escaped tiger of former Tarzan actor

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Resignation demanded of bishop in seminary porn scandal