Skyscraper models at MoMA show global changes in urban architecture
NEW YORK -- A postmodern boom in high-rise buildings is occurring in cities around the world, featuring unusual shapes, daring facades and mixed-use interiors that draw city life into the ground level.

Heirs of John Steinbeck sue for control of literary estate
NEW YORK -- John Steinbeck's surviving blood heirs are suing the estate of his third wife, Elaine Steinbeck, alleging a "30-year hidden conspiracy" to cheat them of royalties and copyright control and detailing a bitter family feud worthy of a Steinbeck novel.

Heirs of John Steinbeck sue for control of literary estate

Skyscraper models at MoMA show global changes in urban architecture

Bad cell phone? Not a problem

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.

Illinois woman dies after fireworks prank
CALUMET CITY, Ill. -- An elderly woman has died after lit fireworks were slipped into the mail slot of her home, sparking a fire over the Independence Day weekend.

Odds and Ends
OTTAWA, Kan. -- Neighbors in a subdivision in this small eastern Kansas community have been out of the loop for weeks. Some sly fox had been stealing their Kansas City Star newspapers.

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.

Braves' bats at center of loss
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Braves turned a potently productive offensive night into a 5-1 loss to the Montreal Expos on Friday by leaving 10 runners on base, four in scoring position.

Braves' notebook
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Braves' grip on first place in the National League East might prove fleeting.

Giles, Braves whip Expos

Braves' notebook

City could get Independence
The nation's newest low-cost carrier may have said no to Augusta earlier this year, but officials with Independence Air said the Garden City is still in the running for future service.

Martha Stewart gets 5 months in prison; appeal expected

OPEC to increase in oil output ceiling

Business briefs

Wholesale prices, industrial production fall in June

Enron gets approval to emerge from bankrutpcy protection

Well-earned retirement

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.

Augusta factory is mold for success

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

Harrah's Entertainment to acquire Caesars

Martha Stewart gets 5 months in prison; appeal expected
NEW YORK -- Domestic icon Martha Stewart was handed a prison term of just five months Friday for lying about a stock sale. After asking the judge for leniency, she emerged defiant from the courthouse to say she was being persecuted and declared, "I'll be back."

Larger carriers may be doomed
ATLANTA - When AirTran Airways CEO Joe Leonard told federal lawmakers last month they should let some of his competitors fail, the nation's major carriers might have found his comments self-serving.

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

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.

Kmart stands by Martha Stewart's brand

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.

City could get Independence

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.

Larger carriers may be doomed

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.

Kmart stands by Martha Stewart's brand
DETROIT -- Kmart Holding Co. reiterated its loyalty to Martha Stewart's company Friday after the domestic style maven was sentenced to five months in prison for lying about a stock sale.

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.

BCS shifts to find right mix

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

Commitment is key

Whitehead for Senate
Controversial state Sen. Joey Brush was considered vulnerable even before Jim Whitehead stepped into the GOP primary.

Let's keep Beard, Sims
The word "special" isn't the first thing that pops into your mind when pondering the Augusta Commission.

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.

Jolly is needed as judge
If you don't know SHERYL JOLLY, it may be because you haven't been in trouble in the past eight years - and because neither has she.

Our picks for higher courts

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.

New Oscar rules: Free movie passes, no bashing rivals
LOS ANGELES -- The Academy Awards have some new rules, including a ban on ads by studios trashing the competition.

People in the News
NEW YORK -- 'N Sync haven't completely gone "Bye, Bye, Bye."

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

Whoopi Goldberg latest star punished over anti-Bush remarks
LOS ANGELES -- Some may think Whoopi Goldberg's crack about President Bush was no big whoop. But in the latest case of celebrity censure over political remarks, Slim-Fast cut Goldberg out like carbs.

Dog days of summer come early for concert tours this year
CHICAGO -- When it comes to concert tours, the good times are not rolling this summer.

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.

Fugitive chess king captured in Japan
TOKYO -- In a bizarre end game, Bobby Fischer - the chess world's most eccentric star - was taken into custody after trying to fly out of Japan with an invalid passport.

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.

New home-video releases
Selected home-video releases:

Medicare changes policy, no longer says obesity is not an illness

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Tokyo stocks mixed amid tech issue pessimism

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.

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.

Southwest profit falls by more than half

Dell installs new CEO; company raises earnings guidance

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.

Dollar strengthens following auspicious Fed reports

Amended complaint alleges mutual fund trading fraud by Prudential brokers

Marriott earnings up 29 percent on travel boost

UnitedHealth beats Street by a penny

Wachovia earnings up in second quarter

Medicare changes policy, no longer says obesity is not an illness
WASHINGTON -- Medicare is discarding its declaration that obesity is not a disease, a policy change that potentially throws open the door for millions of overweight Americans to make medical claims for treatments such as stomach surgery and diet programs.

PepsiCo reports gain in second quarter profits

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.

Big Movers in the Stock Market

IBM profits rise 17 percent on strong hardware sales

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.

Tokyo stocks end slightly higher
TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks ended slightly higher Friday as investors shrugged off worries about a possible hike in Chinese interest rates which would hurt Japanese exports. The U.S. dollar was lower against the Japanese yen.

Dell installs new CEO; company raises earnings guidance
AUSTIN, Texas -- Dell Inc. founder and chairman Michael Dell formally handed over the chief executive job to president Kevin Rollins on Friday as the computer giant raised its earnings guidance for the second quarter.

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.

Stocks can't hold gains from strong CPI report
NEW YORK -- Investors, shifting their focus from the economy to a possible second-half profit slump, sent technology and small-cap stocks sharply lower Friday, giving all three major indexes their third straight losing week. A jump in oil prices contributed to more moderate losses in other sectors.

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.

Bonds rise on modest inflation report
NEW YORK -- Bond prices spiked Friday on a report that showed only modest increases in inflation.

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.

Tokyo stocks end slightly higher

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.

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.

Fishing tournament news

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

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.

World's appetite for tuna poses threat to supply
FAVIGNANA, Italy -- Over thousands of springtimes, as far back as Homer's Odyssey, the fishermen of Favignana have battled giant bluefin tuna lured into vast chambers of intricate netting. This year, the nets were empty.

World's appetite for tuna poses threat to supply

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:

Gardens, landscape demand plenty of care during July

Farmers grow gargantuan fruits and vegetables

Black raspberries deserve a revival

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.

Mickelson reaches for Palmer's game
TROON, Scotland - Phil Mickelson stood on the first tee Friday seven shots back and in danger of missing the cut at the British Open. Arnold Palmer is his role model, and Mickelson needed a Palmer-like charge - fast.

Troon can't defend itself on calm day

Byrd leads after second round of B.C. Open

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.

Mickelson reaches for Palmer's game

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.

Kuhlke first at tough course
Tripp Kuhlke is the surprise leader the first round of the Augusta City Amateur golf tournament.

Ex-PGA Tour player loses battle with ALS

Par could be lost in Forest Hills

Kuhlke first at tough course

A long journey to the lead for Kendall

Byrd leads after second round of B.C. Open
ENDICOTT, N.Y. -- Byrd for birdie. It almost became monotonous. Jonathan Byrd had nine birdies Friday in a 7-under 65 that gave him a one-shot lead after two rounds of the B.C. Open.

A long journey to the lead for Kendall
TROON, Scotland -- Skip Kendall would have done just about anything to get to the British Open.

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.

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.

Two Princes stirring up their game

Hockey player indicted for car crash that killed teammate
ATLANTA -- Atlanta Thrashers forward Dany Heatley was indicted Friday on vehicular homicide and five other charges for the 2003 car wreck that killed his teammate, Dan Snyder.

Hockey player indicted for car crash that killed teammate

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

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

Elect Moretz to city commission

Sims the pick for District 3

Republicans are the best choices
July 20 is the primary date for Columbia County residents to vote for their candidates. For Columbia County offices up for election, this is basically the election, not November.

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

Leadership a true test of time, tenure
Voting allowed me to cast my vote securely. No one else knew whom I pulled the lever for or punched the card for. My conscience and me! Now, to be asked to work on a campaign is different. This would mean that others would know whom I was supporting and would even question why I was supporting a particular candidate.

Kolb should have left sooner
After reading former city administrator George Kolb's July 11 column concerning government and political issues here in Augusta, I am now convinced he should have left sooner. When will the leaders of this community stop tolerating dysfunctional leadership?

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

Rawlings best qualified for court

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

Republicans are the best choices

Try to be neat when writing essays on college exams

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

Red Cross issues urgent call for blood donations

Demand for food aid surges as families face hard times

NASA launches Aura satellite to study Earth's atmosphere

Ford Escape is first American hybrid

Desolation Canyon: We need a plane - now!

Study shows ocean absorbed about half of excess carbon dioxide

Study shows ocean absorbed about half of excess carbon dioxide
WASHINGTON -- Nearly half the excess carbon dioxide spilled into the air by humans over the past two centuries has been taken up by the ocean, a study says. If that continues, it could damage the ability of many ocean creatures to make their shells, says an accompanying report.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Demand for food aid surges as families face hard times
DELANCO, N.J. -- Appropriately, the Catholic Charities food bank here is tucked in the corner of a shopping mall. Its clients come from generally affluent suburbs; many felt disbelief when hard times compelled them, for the first time, to seek help.

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.

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.

Sheriff to take paid leave for rest of '04
ATLANTA - Fulton County Sheriff Jackie Barrett will take paid leave until the end of the year amid criticism of her handling of the county's overcrowded jail and an investigation into $7.2 million of public money she invested, her attorneys said Friday.

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.

Traditional signs still favored tool

Jurors propose merging facilities

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - Georgia's parole board on Friday denied a stay of execution request by convicted murderer Eddie Albert Crawford.

Sheriff to take paid leave for rest of '04

Owners seek ways to avoid robberies
Last September, police arrested a man after he robbed the One-Hour Cleanerizing business on Ellis Street.

CD distribution to libraries stalls

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.

Program crosses lines of research

2-term leader dies at age 76

Athlete faces child sex charges

CD distribution to libraries stalls
CHARLESTON, S.C. - South Carolina libraries are to receive 70,000 compact discs as part of a legal settlement, but the distribution of CDs was suspended after other states appeared to be receiving dozens of warehouse leftovers.

Classes aid science students

Classes aid science students
College student Eric Lawton said he discovered more in two days at Savannah River Site than he would have in a semester of classroom study.

Kid of the Day

Forsyth sheriff's candidate vows to stay in race

First-year pro will try to hang on at rodeo fund-raiser

Across Georgia

Across the area

Owners seek ways to avoid robberies

Work on highway could slow traffic

MCG team finds cause of immune suppressor

Convention gets donkey delegate

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.

Group proposes using funds for amphitheater

Sign confiscation is delayed until election
Motorists might as well get used to seeing political signs illegally posted near Richmond County roads for at least the next three days.

Leader drops salary request

UGA's tight budget leads to uneven hiring

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.

Balloon art lifts industry's profits, entertains crowds
ATHENS, Ga. - Steve Jones squats next to dozens of yellow balloons, attaching them to recreate a Kansas field from a scene in The Wizard of Oz.

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.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

2-term leader dies at age 76
ATLANTA - Former Georgia Gov. George Busbee, a Democrat who campaigned as "a workhorse, not a showhorse," died in Savannah on Friday of an apparent heart attack. He was 76.

Bringing down the house

Chemicals pose no threat after blaze
Chemicals that burned in a Thursday fire in Edgefield County don't pose an environmental threat, health officials said Friday.

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.

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

12th District candidates seek favor of black voters

County names interim sheriff

Seminar gives farmers pointers

UGA's tight budget leads to uneven hiring

Leader of board will stay

Petitioners save Beech Island bank

News you can use

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."

Edgefield hopeful draws more money than sheriff
Edgefield County sheriff's candidate Dan Choate has out fund-raised and outspent incumbent Sheriff Adell Dobey in the race so far, according to campaign finance disclosures filed this week.

Kid of the day

Program crosses lines of research
Pursuing a doctoral degree while also becoming a doctor means Jason Burnette is used to dealing with two disciplines. A new grant is making it easier to take an interdisciplinary approach with his research.

Across Georgia

Across the area
Two Augusta men who had sexual contact with children in unrelated incidents went to jail Friday.

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.

Chemicals pose no threat after blaze

First-year pro will try to hang on at rodeo fund-raiser
NORTH AUGUSTA - When George Brunson mentions his newfound passion for riding bulls, everyone seems to ask him the same single-word question.

Across South Carolina

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.

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

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.

Across the area

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.

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.

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

Ads, accusations heat up state Senate race
Of all the Columbia County races to go before voters Tuesday, the most adversarial is the Republican campaign for the 24th District state Senate seat - at least in terms of advertisements.

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.

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

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.

Convention gets donkey delegate
RISING FAWN, Ga. - Deep in this corner of rural Georgia, in the foothills of Lookout Mountain, lives the secret weapon of the Democratic Party.

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.

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.

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

Chemicals catch fire, destroying business

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.

DeMint assails rival on treaties

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

Athlete faces child sex charges
AIKEN - A well-known area tennis pro was arrested Friday night on charges of molesting students he taught in private clinics, Aiken police said.

Almost all jobs come to fruition

Balloon art lifts industry's profits, entertains crowds

Work on highway could slow traffic
For all those driving on Interstate 20 in Columbia County next week, be prepared for possible delays when headed east.

DeMint assails rival on treaties
COLUMBIA - Republican Senate candidate Jim DeMint took a jab at his Democratic opponent Friday as he praised Congress' approval of a new trade agreement with Australia.

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON - Charleston's U.S. Coast Guard operations have their first female commander.

Petitioners save Beech Island bank
AIKEN - When Beech Island residents received word they might lose their only bank in town, a petition to save the First Citizens branch office collected more than 1,200 signatures and the support of a state representative.

Jurors propose merging facilities
Richmond County should consider closing its Walton Way jail and housing all inmates under one roof at the new facility on Phinizy Road, the outgoing grand jury recommended Friday.

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Anaj Trevor Mack of Augusta

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.

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.

Former rivals remember past on future path
People paid to enter a party last night to see them, and others will gather again today at Omni Health and Fitness on Walton Way to gawk and get autographs.

At the Movies: 'I, Robot'

At the Movies: 'The Clearing'

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.

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.

Marlon Brando ends film career as an elderly woman

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.

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: 'A Cinderella Story'

Rapper Jadakiss blames Bush for Sept. 11 in new song
NEW YORK -- Over the years, the rapper Jadakiss has depicted a world of drug dealing, murder and other assorted mayhem without raising many eyebrows.

Rapper Jadakiss blames Bush for Sept. 11 in new song

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

Famous alumnus mentors team

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.

Hawks tame Bobcats

Hawks tame Bobcats
SALT LAKE CITY -- First-round draft choice Josh Smith scored 18 of his 21 points in the second half to lead the Atlanta Hawks to an 87-62 summer league victory Friday over the expansion Charlotte Bobcats in the Reebok Rocky Mountain Revue.

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.

Mrs. Josephine Walker    (MARTIN, S.C.)
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Mrs. Kaye Arrington    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Mr. William Noggle    (CRAWFORDVILLE, Ga.)
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Mr. George Prescott    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Henry O'Neal    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Rev. Bobby Gibbons    (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)
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Lt. Col. Paul Hodge, Sr.    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
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Mrs. Veona Causey    (THE VILLAGES, Fla.)
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Mr. George Prescott    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Ms. Pamela Wynn    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Louise Roberts    (WARRENTON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Videll Thames    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
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Mr. Thomas Waters    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Henry O' Neal    (ATLANTA, Ga.)
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Mr. George Wiley    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Jim Moore    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Ms. Pamela Wynn    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Andrew Forrest, Sr.    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)
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Mr. Tillman Smith, Sr.    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Featured obituary: Mrs. ary Eleanor Thurmond Tompkins
AIKEN - The last living sibling of South Carolina political legend Strom Thurmond, sister Mary Eleanor Thurmond Tompkins, is dead, family members said Friday, leaving memories of a determined woman who always cooked her brother's favorite foods when he came to his hometown.

Ms. Vincenza MacLean    (GARFIELD, Ga.)
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Ms. Anne Drost    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mary Thurmond Tompkins    (EDGEFIELD, Ga.)
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Mr. Michael A. Mathis    (ATLANTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Henry J. Smith, Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. John Hogue    (ALAMO, Ga.)
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Lt. Edward Harris    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Marie Moore    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
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Mr. Charlie Harris    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. John Hall, Jr.    (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)
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Mr. Eugene Greene    (SARDIS, Ga.)
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Mrs. Irene Cooper    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Henry T. Hutt, Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Lottie Martin    (VIRGINIA BEACH, Va.)
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Deputy Wesley Mack    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
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Mrs. Marie Moore (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

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Ms. Vincenza MacLean (GARFIELD, Ga.)

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Mr. Jim Moore (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Thomas Waters (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. John Hall, Jr. (KEYSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Lottie Martin (VIRGINIA BEACH, Va.)

Mr. Jim Moore (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Irene Cooper (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Eugene Greene (SARDIS, Ga.)

Mrs. Gertrude Lindsey (BRONX, N.Y.)

Mr. Henry O' Neal (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Mr. Michael A. Mathis (ATLANTA, Ga.)

Ms. Pamela Wynn (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Veona Causey (THE VILLAGES, Fla.)

Mr. George Prescott (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Rev. Bobby Gibbons (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Videll Thames (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Charlie Harris (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mary Thurmond Tompkins (EDGEFIELD, Ga.)

Mr. Henry J. Smith, Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Donald Higgins (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Josephine Walker (MARTIN, S.C.)

Mr. Henry O'Neal (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Anne Drost (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Lt. Edward Harris (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Renato Meneghello (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Pamela Wynn (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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

Mr. Andrew Forrest, Sr. (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Ruby Ponder (HARLEM, Ga.)

Mr. George Prescott (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas B. Waters (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Tillman Smith, Sr. (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Delores Dukes (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Delores Dukes (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Henry T. Hutt, Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. George Wiley (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Kaye Arrington (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Richard W. Webber (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mrs. Louise Roberts (WARRENTON, Ga.)

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.

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.

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.

Former President Bush to lead Olympic delegation

German gymnast paralyzed after fall

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

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.

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

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.

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.

Overtime

Overtime

Two teams bring tennis back in Aiken

Armstrong leaves rivals trailing in mountains

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.

Team success takes hard work
A basketball team comprised largely of 11-year-old girls will compete against a team of older girls at the Georgia Games in Atlanta this weekend.

Overtime
Moving quickly to streamline the department he inherited from Vince Dooley, new Georgia athletic director Damon Evans eliminated the jobs of three longtime employees Friday.

Two teams bring tennis back in Aiken
Sandy Harris handed out T-shirts to his Odell Weeks team at Thursday night's practice. It was his first chance to reward his club for a crowning achievement.

Armstrong leaves rivals trailing in mountains
LA MONGIE, France -- Lance Armstrong took a big step toward a record sixth straight Tour de France crown on Friday by surging past key rivals on the first climb in the Pyrenees.

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.

Boat racers going plumb crazy

Boat racers going plumb crazy
Jerry Kutz will tell you there is something magical and satisfying about jolting from zero to 215 mph in three seconds in a boat packed with 500 cubic inches of snarling engine.

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.

Two Princes stirring up their game
The official Nike Peach Jam roster says J.P. Prince wears a No. 11 jersey for YOMCA Team Memphis.

Standout emphasizes versatility
Watching 6-foot-9, 225-pound post player Tyler Hansbrough bang and box out makes you think his favorite pro would be Ben Wallace or Shaquille O'Neal.

Dogs' bite weak for this Gator
Ben Troupe might be a Georgia native, but most people in his home state will always remember this Tennessee Titan as another Georgia killer.

Faith Calendar
The Faith Calendar is a roundup of church and temple activities. Space is limited. Deadline is noon Monday.

Pastor makes history serving God
When Renea Slater finished Candler School of Theology at Emory University about 12 years ago, there were only two positions available in the Georgia United Methodist conference. She did not get one.

So, does the Bible have anything to say about abortion?
Bishops have criticized Roman Catholic politicians - notably presidential candidate John Kerry - who favor liberal abortion laws, and now author Garry Wills is criticizing the bishops.

Faith digest
STUART AND SHELBY STOUT, OF WEDDINGTON, N.C., who lost their 12-year-old daughter, Hope, to cancer in January, will speak at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at Christ Baptist Church, 770 Five Notch Road in North Augusta.

Religion News in Brief
SHANGHAI, China -- China is threatening the future of Tibetan Buddhism by limiting the number of monks and discouraging festivals, a watchdog group said in a report. The actions are part of a campaign to tighten control of the Himalayan region.

Author details spiritual take on self-image
When publishers asked for photos of Martinez author Regina Franklin for the cover of her book, Who Calls Me Beautiful? Finding Our True Image in the Mirror of God, she agreed, under one condition.

Mission workers venture out to provide health care
Augustan Ashley Titter will be part of a 33-member team traveling to Honduras this month to build a kindergarten. She is following the advice of veteran mission workers to take sturdy work shoes, bottled water, a journal, a generous amount of bug spray and a snack food she likes. That means she's packing animal crackers, thanks to advice from members of Wesley United Methodist Church in Evans.

Boaters ready to get their motors running

Prep package deal might fit for Dogs

Reports: 'CSI' actors fired for breach of contract
LOS ANGELES -- Two stars of the CBS hit television series "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" were fired for breach of contract, KCBS-TV and Variety reported Thursday.

Age limit raised for 'American Idol'
LOS ANGELES -- The age limit for "American Idol" contenders has been raised, but not by much.

Age limit raised for 'American Idol'

'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.

'Angels in America' leads Emmy nominations with 21

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.

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

Fox denies accusations of reality show theft
LOS ANGELES -- Fox TV entertainment chief Gail Berman fired back at the competition Thursday, calling other networks' claims that Fox is stealing reality show concepts "outrageous" and a business ploy.

Fox denies accusations of reality show theft

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."

Nielsen criticized over how it measures local TV audiences

Nielsen criticized over how it measures local TV audiences
WASHINGTON -- Fox TV, Univision and other critics of the way local television audiences are measured told Congress on Thursday that minorities are being undercounted and that could lead to the elimination of shows popular with blacks and Hispanics.

Ratings for basic cable networks

Reports: 'CSI' actors fired for breach of contract

People in the News

Slim-Fast dumps Whoopi Goldberg over anti-Bush remarks

New home-video releases

Whoopi Goldberg latest star punished over anti-Bush remarks

Croc Hunter cleared of getting too close to Antarctic wild life

Fugitive chess king captured in Japan

Dog days of summer come early for concert tours this year

People in the News

New Oscar rules: Free movie passes, no bashing rivals

Illinois woman dies after fireworks prank

Odds and Ends

Odds and Ends

Pastor makes history serving God

Religion News in Brief

Faith digest

Mission workers venture out to provide health care

So, does the Bible have anything to say about abortion?

Faith Calendar

Author details spiritual take on self-image