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'Tarnished Eye' mirrors real-life slayings

Books briefs
NEW YORK -- To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Isaac Bashevis Singer, the Library of America has published three volumes of the Polish-born writer's short stories and a volume of pictorial biography.

Books briefs

Publishers Weekly best sellers hardcover fiction

New York exhibit explores history of presidential campaigns
NEW YORK -- Your vote may be secret, but the history of presidential campaigns has been increasingly public, with rallies, advertisements, songs, buttons, handkerchiefs and more.

First metal warships duke it out in 'Reign of Iron'
"Reign of Iron: The Story of the First Battling Ironclads, the Monitor and the Merrimack." By James L. Nelson. William Morrow. 368 Pages. $25.95.

Big-budget musicals turning Las Vegas Strip into Broadway West
LAS VEGAS -- In this desert metropolis known more for its lounge acts and showgirls, Broadway musicals are blooming.

First metal warships duke it out in 'Reign of Iron'

Adam Pascal returns for final weeks of 'Aida'

Playwright Horton Foote delivers 'The Day Emily Married'
NEW YORK -- At age 88, Horton Foote is getting his new play, "The Day Emily Married" ready for its New York premiere at Primary Stages.

Exhibit showcases relationship between artist and patron

Big-budget musicals turning Las Vegas Strip into Broadway West

Playwright Horton Foote delivers 'The Day Emily Married'

Sweeping biography shows Alexander Hamilton's gifts to America
Chances are he didn't start with this in mind, but author Ron Chernow may have helped keep Alexander Hamilton's face on the $10 bill.

Flood historian tells 'dam' good story

Flood historian tells 'dam' good story
The residents of the Mill River Valley in Massachusetts had been nervous about the reservoir dam for years. Indeed, one man often rose on rainy nights and rode up to check its safety.

Exhibit showcases relationship between artist and patron
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Gustave Courbet, one of the most avant-garde painters of the mid-1800s, and Alfred Bruyas, his greatest collector, shared a belief in artist as truth-teller.

Sweeping biography shows Alexander Hamilton's gifts to America

Adam Pascal returns for final weeks of 'Aida'
NEW YORK -- It's back to the pyramids for Adam Pascal, who originated the role of Radames, the handsome Egyptian soldier, in Disney's long-running musical, "Aida."

New York exhibit explores history of presidential campaigns

'Tarnished Eye' mirrors real-life slayings
EDINA, Minn. - Judith Guest's first book, Ordinary People, has brought her "one birthday present after the next," including a film version that won wide acclaim and several Academy Awards.

Mets rout Phillies

Halladay to make start as planned

Halladay to make start as planned
ARLINGTON, Texas - Toronto right-hander Roy Halladay will make his scheduled start on Wednesday in New York against the Yankees despite concerns about his sore shoulder.

Mets rout Phillies
NEW YORK -- Al Leiter pitched six shutout innings, and Mike Cameron and Vance Wilson hit back-to-back homers in the fifth to lead the New York Mets to a 6-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday.

Expos trade Everett to White Sox
ATLANTA -- Carl Everett rejoined the Chicago White Sox on Sunday when the switch-hitting outfielder was traded from the Montreal Expos for minor league pitchers Jon Rauch and Gary Majewski.

Pirates want major leaguer, top prospect for Benson
PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Pirates probably will demand a major league-ready position player and a top prospect for right-hander Kris Benson, who is expected to be traded before the July 31 deadline.

Expos trade Everett to White Sox

Pirates want major leaguer, top prospect for Benson

Some of life's best lessons are learned from puppies

Man charged with swinging pet alligator at girlfriend during fight
PORT ORANGE, Fla. -- A man hit his girlfriend with a 3-foot alligator and threw beer bottles at her during an argument in the couple's mobile home, authorities said.

Man arrested after allegedly leaving heroin in rental car
LANGHORNE, Pa. -- A man who returned a rental car allegedly forgot to take along 88 bags of heroin he had left in the car.

Teen charged with murder in 10-year-old's death in clothes dryer
DECATUR, Ala. -- A 14-year-old boy has been charged with murder in the death of a 10-year-old who suffocated in a hot clothes dryer.

Man charged with swinging pet alligator at girlfriend during fight
PORT ORANGE, Fla. -- A man hit his girlfriend with a 3-foot alligator and threw beer bottles at her during an argument in the couple's mobile home, authorities said.

Cox teaching an old dog some new tricks

Braves dismantle Expos, move to top
ATLANTA - Back in first place, Atlanta Braves players didn't reflect long on Sunday's 16-5 drubbing of the Montreal Expos.

Cox teaching an old dog some new tricks
ATLANTA - Andruw Jones looked like a little kid on a barren sandlot field, tossing the ball up to himself and hitting ground balls and line drives.

Home runs propel Atlanta
ATLANTA - Numbers say Russ Ortiz has been baseball's best pitcher since the start of last season.

Property transfers
Richmond County property transfers for June 24-July 2. The date indicates when the transfer was recorded in the clerk's office:

Strong identity can separate business from its rivals

Getting patents revoked is a tough task

Indian-owned hotels provide work, careers, investments

CEO perk: higher interest rate on savings

Boeing's boss focuses on discipline, costs
CHICAGO - Boeing Co.'s boss is pushy, aggressive and loath to compromise. That's the way Harry Stonecipher sees himself.

Upkeep of winery barrels requires hammer of doctor
NAPA, Calif. - The sound of Master Cooper Douglas Rennie hammering metal hoops off a leaky barrel thunders down the long corridors of the Stag's Leap Winery cave.

Stewart's fight to clear her name is at odds with her brand
NEW YORK -- Martha Stewart the person wants exoneration. Martha Stewart the company needs it all to just end.

Property transfers

Straight-shooter Stonecipher focuses on discipline, costs at Boeing

Ligocki takes unusual path to CEO role in male-dominated auto industry

Straight-shooter Stonecipher focuses on discipline, costs at Boeing

Business calendar

Getting patents revoked is a tough task
SAN JOSE, Calif. - A small company called Acacia Research Corp. went after some of the biggest names in broadcasting last month, suing nine companies for an estimated $100 million for allegedly violating its patent on streaming video.

Indian-owned hotels provide work, careers, investments
Harinderjit Singh's plan to build a Holiday Inn off Belair Road is as much a success story behind the scenes as it is on the surface.

Business calendar
This week in business

Upkeep of winery barrels requires hammer of doctor

Boeing's boss focuses on discipline, costs

Straight-shooter Stonecipher focuses on discipline, costs at Boeing
CHICAGO -- Boeing Co.'s boss is pushy, aggressive and loath to compromise.

Boeing CEO takes aim at costs, ethics violations, 7E7

Ligocki takes unusual path to CEO role in male-dominated auto industry
NOVI, Mich. -- In the buttoned-up world of automotive chieftains, Tower Automotive Inc. CEO Kathleen Ligocki is something of an oddity, even beyond gender.

CEO perk: higher interest rate on savings
NEW YORK -- Here's one way to get a higher interest rate on your savings: Just become a CEO.

Strong identity can separate business from its rivals
"We don't actually have a brand, as such," a CEO told me at a recent seminar. "We have a logo and a marketing tag line, but we don't really think we are big enough for a brand."

Boeing CEO takes aim at costs, ethics violations, 7E7
CHICAGO -- Called back from retirement after just 18 months, Harry Stonecipher returned to a Boeing Co. facing ethics problems, a worst-ever aviation-industry downturn and a decision whether to go ahead with the new 7E7 airplane.

Interim administrator's hard work is not unnoticed by commissioner

Interim administrator's hard work is not unnoticed by commissioner
Augusta Commissioner Tommy Boyles has had nothing but praise for Interim City Administrator Fred Russell and his staff since George Kolb, the former administrator, left.

University of Colorado preparing Bloom appeal to NCAA
BOULDER, Colo. -- Colorado said it will ask the NCAA to grant a waiver to Jeremy Bloom to allow the world champion freestyle skier to collect money from endorsements while playing college football.

LSU has first season-ticket sellout in spite of price hike
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Half of a national championship can still sell a lot of football season tickets.

Elect Whittle, Padgett
In two key Columbia County law-and-order related races, we enthusiastically endorse CLAY WHITTLE for re-election as sheriff and J. WADE PADGETT for election as chief magistrate judge.

Bush and the NAACP
Last month at a convention of liberal activists, NAACP Chairman Julian Bond equated conservatives to terrorists, declared the Republican Party an enemy of black Americans whose "idea of equal rights is the American flag and the Confederate swastika flying side by side."

Bush and the NAACP

Cain more than able

Cain more than able
You've probably wished upon a star. But have you ever wished upon a superstar?

Detainees 'lawyering up'
What do lawyers tell their criminal suspect clients when they first meet with them? To shut up. Not say a word. Police call it "lawyering up."

People in the News
MIAMI -- Bill Cosby avoided his recent criticism of some segments of the black community, instead sticking to humor and praise for parents during a charity event for at-risk children.

Celebrity birthdays
Celebrity birthdays for the week of July 18-24:

Balanced funds can be a safe strategy in a sideways market

Outstanding balanced funds for small investors
If you're not sure where to invest in the current market, a balanced mutual fund that combines both stocks and bonds can be an easy solution. Whether you're socking away money in a tax-advantaged retirement account or building up long-term savings, putting a broadly diversified balanced fund at the center of your portfolio can help focus your investment strategy.

Balanced funds can be a safe strategy in a sideways market
NEW YORK -- Putting your money to work in a dull market is no easy task, but staying on the sidelines can pose a greater danger for small investors: If you wait until the market seems like a comfortable place to be, you might never jump in.

Avoiding a state tax hit on 529 college savings plans
Q: I know that 529 college savings plans are exempt from federal taxes, but what about state taxes?

Outstanding balanced funds for small investors

Avoiding a state tax hit on 529 college savings plans

Supermarkets whet customers' appetites with cafes
STERLING, Va. -- At a sidewalk cafe by a suburban parking lot, Dwight Littlefield planned a client meeting and wondered what his wife would want him to pick up at the supermarket.

Supermarkets whet customers' appetites with cafes

GreenJackets take two from Asheville
The Augusta GreenJackets (9-14) won both games of a doubleheader against Asheville (12-11) on Sunday, but did it in different ways.

Gardner will not back down
When Jarrett Gardner's younger brother tore his anterior cruciate ligament last year, Gardner did what any older brother would do.

Dear Pastor: Don't worry, no movers or shakers here

Dunn breaks through at Giant Eagle with late birdies
VIENNA, Ohio -- With a clap of thunder, Moira Dunn finally ended her winless string at 244 tournaments.

Quinn birdies 18 to hold off rival Rhoden at Tahoe celebrity golf

Jonathan Byrd snares B.C. Open title in closing holes

Moore returns to Masters
MAPLE GROVE, Minn. - NCAA individual champion Ryan Moore won the U.S. Amateur Public Links for the second time and earned a ticket back to the 2005 Masters Tournament.

British Open at a glance
TROON, Scotland -- A brief look at the final round of the British Open played at Royal Troon Golf Club:

Tilton takes lead under par
Zac Tilton and Chris Kuhlke solved the riddle of the Forest Hills Golf Club greens Saturday, and ended a Regions Cup streak of futility.

Points wins Pete Dye Classic

Tilton takes lead under par

Disappointment aside, majors now as easy as 1-2-3 for Mickelson

Day of high drama for Els, but he comes up short

Monty's their man, but falls short before hometown fans

Kuhlke rallies for win
Chris Kuhlke celebrated the 10th anniversary of his first Augusta City Amateur victory on Sunday by winning it again at Forest Hills Golf Club.

Litke: Hamilton wouldn't let this one slip away

Transgender golfer barred from women's tournament
FORT WAYNE, Ind. -- A golfer who was born a hermaphrodite was banned from a woman's tournament because her birth certificate lists her gender as male.

Hamilton in another unfamiliar spot - leading British Open
TROON, Scotland -- Todd Hamilton is used to feeling out of place. It's strange enough trying to make a living in outposts stretching from Singapore to Pakistan to Kuala Lumpur, or showing up at PGA Tour qualifying school for the eighth time as a 38-year-old father of three.

Quinn birdies 18 to hold off rival Rhoden at Tahoe celebrity golf
STATELINE, Nev. -- Dan Quinn birdied the final hole to hold off Rick Rhoden and win the American Century celebrity golf championship Sunday for the third time in the last four years.

Points wins Pete Dye Classic
BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. -- D.A. Points shot a 2-under-par 70 Sunday to finish at 23 under and win the inaugural Pete Dye West Virginia Classic.

Jonathan Byrd snares B.C. Open title in closing holes
ENDICOTT, N.Y. -- Jonathan Byrd rolled in a 10-foot birdie putt at the 15th hole Sunday to break a seven-way tie for the lead and added another birdie on the next hole to win the rain-delayed B.C. Open by one stroke over Ted Purdy.

Day of high drama for Els, but he comes up short
TROON, Scotland -- A long day of high drama finally over, Ernie Els walked slowly off the 18th green with a look of total exhaustion on his face.

Hamilton's long, hard road ends with a claret jug

Hamilton's long, hard road ends with a claret jug
TROON, Scotland -- Unflappable to the very end, Todd Hamilton tapped in a par putt to win the British Open in a playoff, bending over to get the ball out of the hole as if it was just another round of golf.

Transgender golfer barred from women's tournament

Monty's their man, but falls short before hometown fans
TROON, Scotland -- All week long, they cheered their favorite son. Colin Montgomerie was the hometown boy who made good, and it seemed all of Scotland wanted to see him win at Royal Troon.

Kuhlke rallies for win

Woods used to talk about winning but now talks about contending
TROON, Scotland -- Zero for nine.

Hamilton in another unfamiliar spot - leading British Open

Litke: Hamilton wouldn't let this one slip away
TROON, Scotland -- Everything he ever wanted was slipping away.

Disappointment aside, majors now as easy as 1-2-3 for Mickelson
TROON, Scotland -- Four months ago, Phil Mickelson was the guy who couldn't win a major. Nowadays, it's rather surprising when he doesn't.

GreenJackets take two from Asheville

Gardner will not back down

Warriors battle to title

Prep football notebook
The earliest starting date in recent memory for Georgia prep football comes Monday. The first week of summer practice will be in helmets, mouthpieces and shorts only.

Atlanta hockey player indicted in 2003 car crash that killed teammate

Atlanta hockey player indicted in 2003 car crash that killed teammate
ATLANTA -- Atlanta Thrashers star Dany Heatley was indicted Friday on vehicular homicide and five other charges in the 2003 wreck that claimed the life of a teammate.

Some of life's best lessons are learned from puppies
I am standing in my front yard. It is 4 a.m. Dark. Quiet. Stars twinkle above my head, and I look at them, trying to figure out the constellations.

Augusta BBB office loses status
Augusta's Better Business Bureau office has been eliminated from the national organization.

Keep Sims aboard for full term on commission
When Stephen E. Shepard vacated Augusta's 3rd District seat, Barbara Sims was appointed to fill that position. Barbara has brought serenity to the city commission, has shown a positive attitude toward Augusta's future, has exercised her expertise of business knowledge and truly loves her work as a city commissioner.Nan and Jack Connell, Augusta

Higher court candidates Sheffield, Brantley share views, values
One of our country's main problems involve judges who think they are lawmakers - not constitutional interpreters of the law. While the media focuses on this nationally, in Georgia the important July 20 judicial races are terribly under-reported.Philip Kent Jr., Martinez

Appreciates tone of Jim Whitehead campaign
I wish to express my appreciation for the positive campaign conducted by Jim Whitehead, versus the smear campaign run by his opponent Joey Brush. The sign of a "can't run on the issues campaign" is to try to smear your opponent. This is the normal tactic employed by Democrats, not Republicans. Sgt. Maj. Floyd E. Felts (retired), Evans

Presidential caliber? Phooey!

Neighbor knows Padgett's good qualities
Well, it's election season again, and that means we are all treated to unending hymns of praise for this candidate or that, with everyone swearing on a stack of Bibles what fine human beings they are. There are, however, people who know the truth about a candidate, people who get the chance to observe them in "their native habitat," unguarded in their actions. I am referring to neighbors. A neighbor sees how a man treats his wife, how his kids respond to him, how he manages his household and whether or not his public image matches the private reality. Ed Rees, Evans

Sen. Brush works hard for the entire region

Edwards will ace foreign policy

Appreciates tone of Jim Whitehead campaign

Neighbor knows Padgett's good qualities

Ingram must head court as magistrate
Several years ago, through tears, anger, bitterness and sorrow, I met attorney Richard Ingram. He never once failed to take or return my calls, no matter how trivial or inconsequential the reason, day or night. To a mother, this fact alone separates good from bad.Kathryn Davis, Evans

Dems view workers with disdain
Sen. John Kerry's choice for a vice-presidential candidate, Sen. John Edwards, further reveals this ultraliberal patrician's disdain for the average American worker. Gene Rickaby, Martinez

Herman Cain will be a great U.S. senator
Regarding Michael Ryan's June 20 column, '"Ground' (Johnny) Isakson and 'Air' (Herman) Cain": Mr. Ryan's argument for Georgia's U.S. Senate race seems to come down to this: Support Mr. Isakson and endorse the status quo or support Mr. Cain and endorse making a difference.Hugh Barrow, Augusta

Edwards will ace foreign policy
It is very interesting that the Republicans and President Bush are questioning if John Edwards has enough experience in foreign affairs to run as the vice president. Donavon Reimche, Martinez

Sen. Brush works hard for the entire region
I have worked campaigns from Board of Education to U.S. Senate races, and have worked with hard-working candidates and with not-so-hard working candidates. State Sen. Joey Brush stands among the best I have ever seen. He is always ready to help those in need. I have watched him as a freshman senator with no seniority grow to be the senator the governor can count on to get things done. This does not happen overnight. It would take 10 years for someone to get to the position where they could help the people of Columbia County and surrounding counties.Rob Blandenburg, Martinez

Presidential caliber? Phooey!
When Sen. John Kerry announced he considered himself of presidential caliber, I thought of him as another grandstanding phony, if not a nut case. He has provided ample evidence either way by his corruption of the military's awards and decorations system, and his later alignment with "Hanoi" Jane Fonda and others of her ilk. Merle E. Burkholder, Augusta

Kernaghan a candidate with integrity
As a neighbor and good friend of Greg Kernaghan and his family, I would like to humbly ask that you vote for Greg on Tuesday for District 3 Columbia County commissioner. I know that Greg is a man of integrity, and I have seen him demonstrate this in both his professional and personal life. I believe that he will listen objectively to his constituents and will work tirelessly for them and for the betterment of this county.Rachel Sasser, Evans

Moretz believes in miracles

Experience key in Superior Court race
A Superior Court judge should have Superior Court experience. It's that simple. The incoming judge will preside over domestic court. Wouldn't the best possible candidate be the one with the most experience in Superior Court, with extensive dealings in domestic issues? Lori Drawdy, Harlem

Keep Sims aboard for full term on commission

Herman Cain will be a great U.S. senator

Moretz believes in miracles
Charles Walker's indictments; an Augusta Commission split along racial lines; an ineffective, politically hand-tied mayor; a city administrator who left town for greener pastures in Kansas - and now, Dorothy, all you have to do is tap your heels together three times and repeat, "There's no place like home." Dr. J.S. Hickey, Augusta

Monorail opens in Las Vegas after months of delays and glitches

Civic groups on look out for younger, successful candidates

At Microsoft, improving security isn't so simple

In the know

Chasing funnel clouds in Tornado Alley for fun

Monorail opens in Las Vegas after months of delays and glitches

Yosemite summit lures hikers

Travel briefs

Guarantine facility eased fears of moon microbes

What to do when wedding plans fall apart

Convent flourishes as meeting center, tourist destination

Desolation Canyon: Wings

Virtual reality, of sorts, for training doctors and nurses

Germany's classical culture capital also has a dark side

Chasing funnel clouds in Tornado Alley for fun
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Spawned by the 1996 Warner Brothers movie "Twister," the ranks of people who call themselves "storm chasers" have swelled, and some of them have turned their hobby into a business.

Virtual reality, of sorts, for training doctors and nurses
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. -- The days of new doctors practicing on real patients may be numbered.

Convent flourishes as meeting center, tourist destination
OSTRITZ, Germany -- The nuns at St. Marienthal Convent have weathered the toughest times imaginable in their 770-year history: the Reformation, the Black Plague, fires, a massive flood, the Nazi dictatorship and East German communism.

Civic groups on look out for younger, successful candidates
It's a tough time for civic groups. When the Chronicle of Philanthropy surveyed charitable organizations in 1998, it found that traditional service-based groups such as the Jaycees, Rotary International and Kiwanis are struggling to maintain their numbers as departing members leave a void in membership rolls.

Open-source software thrives in the shadows of tech
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- It powers more than 70 percent of all Web servers and routes much of the world's e-mail traffic. It makes surfing the Internet simple and provides the muscle behind Google Inc.'s search engine and countless e-commerce sites.

Artifacts remind town house owner of his childhood
When relocating from his family's 40-acre Lincolnton, Ga., homestead to Augusta about five years ago, Gerald Scott knew he wanted to take pieces of his childhood with him.

Germany's classical culture capital also has a dark side
WEIMAR, Germany -- Weimar is considered the capital of classical German culture, home to Goethe, Schiller and Bach. The city was also the birthplace of Bauhaus modernism, and of Germany's first democratic republic.

What to do when wedding plans fall apart
Dear Carson: I am heartbroken, devastated and furious with my ex-fiance. He jilted me over the lame excuse that he wasn't ready to be married. Our wedding was scheduled for later this summer and I had already sent "save the date" cards. There have been some showers for me and I received gifts from that source as well as some others. Other than shooting the scumbag, what should I do about all those gifts and about giving an explanation for those who ask "Why?" - Jilted in Jacksonville

Travel briefs
BREDA, The Netherlands -- The latest pocket-sized travel books to hit the market are called "100%" and they provide a selective neighborhood-by-neighborhood guide to sights, shopping, dining and accommodations in six cities.

In the know
Sometimes those in love know it, but for Valencia Johnson and Michael Calliste, it wasn't quite so obvious.

Guarantine facility eased fears of moon microbes
It has been 35 years since Neil Armstrong stepped on to the surface of the moon on July 20, 1969 - an astounding feat to those who witnessed it on television.

Desolation Canyon: Wings
THE STORY SO FAR: Reaching a point of safety along the Green River with Aaron's dad injured, and becoming worse, a signal fire is lighted requesting emergency aid. A rescue airplane appears, only to inexplicably disappear.

At Microsoft, improving security isn't so simple
SEATTLE -- As a vice president at security software leader Symantec Corp., Matthew Moynahan applauds Microsoft Corp.'s effort to make its Windows operating system safer from attack.

Monorail opens in Las Vegas after months of delays and glitches
LAS VEGAS -- After months of delays, Las Vegas launched a $650 million monorail Thursday that shuttles gamblers to casinos on the Strip while easing traffic along the stretch of glittering resorts.

Yosemite summit lures hikers
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. - Anthony Frost was just 200 feet from the summit of Half Dome when he lost his nerve. Then he almost lost his lunch.

In closing days of Senate race, GOP candidates spar over abortion

Across the area
The son of Richmond County Schools Superintendent Charles Larke admitted to police that he gave a false police report and that he and another man entered two vehicles during the weekend, Richmond County sheriff's Investigator John Roche said.

Marine killed in Iraq buried

Marine killed in Iraq buried
ALLENDALE, S.C. - Friends say Pfc. Rodricka Youmans, a Marine who was killed this month in Iraq, was a fun-loving young man who will be remembered in his hometown as a hero.

Family garter has been used in 15 weddings
ATHENS, Ga. -- A light blue garter keeps getting passed around - it's been in some 15 weddings over several generations, but never tossed by a groom.

Judge puts off coach's hearing
AIKEN - The bond hearing for a popular tennis pro charged with molesting two teenage students was postponed Saturday until Monday at the request of his attorney.

Vote to decide many Burke County races
Outside of the more highly publicized races in Richmond and Columbia counties, voters also will be able to cast their ballots in several key races in Burke County on Tuesday.

Correction
An Around Town item in Saturday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle listed an incorrect phone number for the Candlelight Jazz Concert Series. The correct number is 495-6238. The Chronicle regrets the error.

Rants and Raves
THIS IS A HUGE RANT for the person who wrote in that the economy is booming. Well, you must be living in a fairy land because here in South Carolina, we have one of the highest unemployment rates in the country, 6.3. The last week in June, we lost over 1,000 jobs and the cost of living is going up. This is a booming economy? He's all wet.

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Vivica Birt of North Augusta.

Voters get choice in judgeship race
Voters in Richmond, Columbia and Burke counties have a rare opportunity Tuesday to cast ballots in a contested Superior Court judgeship race.

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

Columbia County ballot

Nurses struggle amid budget cuts, demand
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Like a field general with too many battles and too few troops, Jane Seigler spends her days hoping she has just enough nurses to meet the hottest public health onslaught threatening her defensive perimeter.

Voters get choice in judgeship race

Across South Carolina
MYRTLE BEACH - A Myrtle Beach locksmith has been arrested for using a master key to break into cars.

Across the area

Across Georgia
ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE - The Air Force promised a precise and swift hearing in the case of an airman charged with murder in the stabbing deaths of two base residents.

Five questions
Linda Beazley, longtime Richmond County voting director now working in the Elections Division of the Secretary of State's Office, answers five questions for The Augusta Chronicle.

Post auctions off 1940s-era facilities to highest bidder
Imagine buying an entire building for $5. Boots Martin and his son, Daniel, did it Saturday afternoon.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - Eddie Albert Crawford is scheduled to die today for kidnapping, raping and murdering his 2-year-old niece.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Columbia County ballot
The following items will appear on the Columbia County ballot.

Democrats race for 12th District
Charles Walker's shadow stalks the 12th Congressional District.

Teacher accused of molesting student faces more charges
COLUMBUS, Ga. -- A middle school teacher accused of having sex with a student could face additional charges after the alleged victim told police she found child pornography on his computer.

Candidates prepare for vote
Two Augusta commissioners who were appointed to special terms in January face competition Tuesday in their bids to maintain their district seats.

Across the area
A tractor trailer overturned Saturday on an Interstate 20 exit ramp in North Augusta.

Numbers drive race for sheriff
In the heated race for Columbia County sheriff, the two candidates have picked over innumerable details, questioning each other during the past several months on everything from background qualifications to credit card purchases.

Education officials: Less state funding, more broken-down buses

Experience is key race issue
As is often the message when a political newcomer looks to unseat a longtime incumbent, experience versus new blood has become the campaign theme for the two candidates for Columbia County Commission District 3.

Kid of the day

Candidates differ on area's progress
Betty Beard and Pam Kitchens might not be career politicians, but that hasn't stopped them from campaigning hard for the Augusta Commission's District 1 seat.

The week ahead

District 3 hopefuls intend to bring new ideas to panel
Barbara Sims, who was appointed to the Augusta Commission just a little more than six months ago, finds herself being challenged by another longtime Augusta resident and a relative newcomer who says the city needs "new blood."

Correction

News you can use

Candidates prepare for vote

Across Georgia

Numbers drive race for sheriff

Democrats race for 12th District

The week ahead
In gymnastics, the uniform of choice is a form-fitting leotard that allows maximum freedom of movement and emphasizes the physical line and form of the athletic figure. In auto racing, it's a high-tech flameproof suit and helmet designed with safety in mind, though space for advertising also seems to be an issue.

Judge allows smoking dog campaign ad to continue
MARIETTA, Ga. -- A judge has ruled a lawsuit over a congressional candidate's dog has more bark than bite.

Intentions of 'Ol' Pete' remain misunderstood
MERRIWETHER, S.C. - Traffic zooms down a narrow stretch of Martintown Road as Danny Francis stands on a grassy shoulder in the thick gray greatcoat and trousers of a Confederate general and explains why Lt. Gen. James Longstreet has never worn the untarnished halo of the South's greatest Civil War heroes.

College student finishes unusual quest: see every Ga. county
ATHENS, Ga. -- People who like to argue over the best barbecue in Georgia might want to look up David Lipton.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - In the second such incident in South Carolina, a convicted sex offender working at Wal-Mart has been charged with fondling a child in a store.

Busbee will lie in state Monday at Capitol
ATLANTA -- Former Gov. George Busbee will lie in state at the Capitol Monday, with a public memorial service to follow Tuesday in Atlanta.

Stealing a kiss
Teri Whiddon gives a smooch to her son, Griffin, 3 months, as her friend Denise Allen holds him. The three were taking in the action at the 19th annual Southern Nationals drag boat races along the banks of the Savannah River in Augusta on Sunday afternoon.

Magistrate candidates differ on streamlining
The most visible job duty of Columbia County's chief magistrate is to preside over civil disputes and issue arrest warrants.

Alligator found resting in north Georgia stream
ROME, Ga. -- A juvenile alligator was found sunning itself in a Rome stream, a sight that's becoming a little more common in northern Georgia.

Education officials: Less state funding, more broken-down buses
SUMTER, S.C. -- The Education Department will get less money this year to buy and fix school buses, putting the state's aging fleet at greater risk of breaking down, officials say.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Jonathon Ball, 5, of Hephzibah.

Low-cost airlines start Greenville flight
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- The low-cost Independence Air has begun flights from Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport.

In closing days of Senate race, GOP candidates spar over abortion
ATLANTA -- If abortion isn't the top issue for Georgia voters, why do the three Republican candidates for U.S. Senate spend so much time talking about it?

Richmond County ballot
The following items will appear on the Richmond County ballot.

Execution set for man convicted of raping and killing niece
ATLANTA -- Eddie Albert Crawford is scheduled to die Monday for kidnapping, raping and murdering his 2-year-old niece.

Voters will decide tax extension
Along with the candidate choices on Tuesday's ballot, Columbia County voters also will have to decide whether the pennies continue to roll in.

Curator works long hours to organize best exhibits

Network of divers will help uncover Georgia's submerged treasures
ALBANY, Ga. -- Archaeologists have been digging up pottery, stone tools and other artifacts in Georgia for years, but until recently there was no coordinated effort to locate the historic treasures submerged along the coast and in rivers and streams.

Kid of the Day

No funding for S.C. teenage smoking prevention program
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Courtney Knowling helped throw street parties and visited malls this summer during a weeklong trip across the state, all in an effort to spread a simple message to her peers: Smoking kills.

District 3 hopefuls intend to bring new ideas to panel

USC's Sorensen has a knack for working with branch campuses
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Four years ago, officials at the University of South Carolina Spartanburg were looking for a way to get rid of the "branch university" label and break out of the system.

Across South Carolina

Second Wal-Mart employee charged with molesting child at store
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- In the second such incident in South Carolina, a convicted sex offender working at Wal-Mart has been charged with fondling a child in a store.

Judge puts off coach's hearing

State officials take girl from family living in tents
ROCK HILL, S.C. -- The state Social Services Department has taken custody of a 9-year-old girl who was living with her mother and stepfather in a makeshift campsite in a wooded area near Blacksburg. The two adults were taken into custody on separate charges.

Experience is key race issue

Runoffs forecast for both parties
ATLANTA - For two to four candidates in the crowded primaries to succeed retiring U.S. Sen. Zell Miller, Tuesday's election will be the first step.

Alligator found resting in north Georgia stream

High turnout is predicted
Lynn Bailey is expecting more voters than normal to turn out for Tuesday's primary election. But she says lines shouldn't be bad because high advance voting numbers last week should have helped ease the burden.

Across the area

Runoffs forecast for both parties

Stealing a kiss

Across South Carolina

Voters will decide tax extension

USC's Sorensen has a knack for working with branch campuses

College student finishes unusual quest: see every Ga. county

Across Georgia

Augusta BBB office loses status

Intentions of 'Ol' Pete' remain misunderstood

No funding for S.C. teenage smoking prevention program

Low-cost airlines start Greenville flight

Curator works long hours to organize best exhibits
Removing a pair of white gloves from his pocket, Gordon Blaker slips them on and gently takes a stoneware jar from a storage room shelf of the Augusta Museum of History.

High turnout is predicted

Candidates differ on area's progress

State officials take girl from family living in tents

Post auctions off 1940s-era facilities to highest bidder

Network of divers will help uncover Georgia's submerged treasures

Georgia Tech coach ready to raise the bar once again
The Los Angeles Lakers never called after they hung up the phone with Mike Krzyzewski. Recruits haven't suddenly started flooding his mailbox or storming his doorstep begging for opportunities to play at Georgia Tech.

Dear Pastor: Don't worry, no movers or shakers here
We have a new minister at church, and just so he doesn't get any wrong ideas about me and my family, I need to let him know more about us than he can learn while shaking our hands as we file out the door each Sunday morning.

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films

Will Smith adds summer smarts with 'I, Robot'

'I, Robot' debuts at No. 1
LOS ANGELES -- Will Smith has the summer crowd well programmed.

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

'I, Robot' debuts at No. 1

Will Smith adds summer smarts with 'I, Robot'
LOS ANGELES -- The boy of summer is back. Since the mid-1990s, Will Smith practically has owned July, delivering hit after hit, his charm often enough to draw in audiences even for bad movies.

Ten-Hut! Marine Josh Gracin releases debut album
NEW YORK -- U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Josh Gracin loves serving his country, but he can't deny the song of the south.

Ten-Hut! Marine Josh Gracin releases debut album

Q&A: Alejandro Sanz shows off poetic lyrics, new attitude

Q&A: Alejandro Sanz shows off poetic lyrics, new attitude
MIAMI -- Alejandro Sanz has been described in many ways during his distinguished career.

Jennifer Hartswick emerges from vibrant chaos of Trey Anastasio Band
NEW YORK -- On some nights, within the condensed vibrancy of Greenwich Village, the memories of Charlie Parker and Miles Davis early morning jam sessions don't seem that far off. It's on one of these nights, from a narrow cave of a bar, that Jennifer Hartswick's voice comes shooting out into the streets like a heart-breaking bullet.

Jennifer Hartswick emerges from vibrant chaos of Trey Anastasio Band

Kanaan wary of lead in IndyCar points race

Dale Earnhardt Jr. burned after crash
A fun weekend of racing for Dale Earnhardt Jr. turned frightening Sunday when a wreck during a warmup for an American Le Mans Series race turned his car into a fireball, leaving him hospitalized with burns on his face and legs.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. burned after crash

Kanaan gets another good break
GLADEVILLE, Tenn. - Dan Wheldon's bad luck turned into another victory for Tony Kanaan.

Kanaan wary of lead in IndyCar points race
GLADEVILLE, Tenn. -- IndyCar Series points leader Tony Kanaan refuses to get comfortable midway through the season.

Victim's sex life remains key question for judge in Kobe Bryant case
EAGLE, Colo. -- With less than six weeks before jury selection begins in Kobe Bryant's sexual assault trial, only one major question remains for the judge to answer: whether the alleged victim's sex life can be used against her.

Victim's sex life remains key question for judge in Kobe Bryant case

Falcon's notebook

Mr. Don Higgins    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Ruby Ponder    (HARLEM, Ga.)
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Ms. Anne Drost    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Viola Strickland    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Jennie Lewis    (MILLEN, Ga.)
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Ms. Janet Shipp    (SUMMERTON, S.C.)
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Mrs. Dorothy Fries    (MILLEN, Ga.)
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Mrs. Viola A. Strickland    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Gordon Young    (BLACKVILLE, S.C.)
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Mrs. Carrie Sheppard    (AVERA, Ga.)
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Lt. Col. Paul Hodge, Jr. USAR     (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
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Mr. William Padgett III    (NEW YORK)
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Mr. Don Higgins    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Phillip Ogletree    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Elcy M. Glover    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mr. Jimmy Mosley    (GROVETOWN, Ga.)
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Mr. Raymond Dunbar, Sr.    (MARTIN, S.C.)
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Mrs. Parri Moore    (SYLVANIA, Ga.)
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Mr. William Toney, Sr.    (WILLISTON, S.C.)
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Mr. Eddie S. Landing    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Mildred Rodgers    (QUEENS, N.Y.)
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Miss Mabel Kitchens    (WARRENTON, Ga.)
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Mr. Henry J. Smith, Jr.    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Cecil Hobbs    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Jeremy Cleveland Morris, Jr.    (WILLISTON, S.C.)
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Mr. Renato Meneghello    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Elcy M. Glover    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mr. Jack A. Caldwell    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mr. Willie Ivey    (NORWOOD, Ga.)
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Mr. Mercer Durham, Jr.    (UNION POINT, Ga.)
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Rev. Robert Baker, Jr.    (SHARON, Ga.)
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Mr. Harmon Burke    (MILLEN, Ga.)
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Mary Thurmond Tompkins    (EDGEFIELD, Ga.)
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Mrs. Margaret Mills    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Ms. Anne Drost    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Daryl Zissette, Jr.    (BLACKVILLE, S.C.)
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Mrs. Veona Causey    (THE VILLAGES, Fla.)
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Mrs. Kaye Arrington    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Mr. Thomas Waters    (EVANS, Ga.)
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Mr. Marion Blackwell    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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SSGT. James Wood Sr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mr. Milton Galbraith    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Videll Thames    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
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Mr. Renato Meneghello    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Lucy Bedwell    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)
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Mr. Eddie S. Landing    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Ruby Elder    (SPARTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Jerome Hostilo    (METTER, Ga.)
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Mr. Cecil Hobbs    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Mr. Zachary Browman    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Harmon Burke (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. Raymond Dunbar, Sr. (MARTIN, S.C.)

Mrs. Jennie Lewis (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. Don Higgins (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Renato Meneghello (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Elcy M. Glover (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. Phillip Ogletree (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Anne Drost (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Videll Thames (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Lt. Col. Paul Hodge, Jr. USAR (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Jimmy Mosley (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Mildred Rodgers (QUEENS, N.Y.)

Mr. Eddie S. Landing (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

SSGT. James Wood Sr. (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. William Toney, Sr. (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mr. Eddie S. Landing (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Veona Causey (THE VILLAGES, Fla.)

Mr. Thomas Waters (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Jack A. Caldwell (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Viola A. Strickland (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Don Higgins (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Daryl Zissette, Jr. (BLACKVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Dorothy Fries (MILLEN, Ga.)

Jeremy Cleveland Morris, Jr. (WILLISTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Ruby Elder (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Ivey (NORWOOD, Ga.)

Mrs. Parri Moore (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Ms. Janet Shipp (SUMMERTON, S.C.)

Mr. Gordon Young (BLACKVILLE, S.C.)

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

Mrs. Jerome Hostilo (METTER, Ga.)

Mr. Milton Galbraith (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Carrie Sheppard (AVERA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lucy Bedwell (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Margaret Mills (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mary Thurmond Tompkins (EDGEFIELD, Ga.)

Mr. Cecil Hobbs (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Marion Blackwell (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Kaye Arrington (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mrs. Elcy M. Glover (AIKEN, S.C.)

Authorities can't rule out possibility of unknown steroids in Olympics
The group responsible for keeping America's Olympic team drug free could be easily confused with a police force this summer.

IAAF wants U.S. relay team stripped of 2000 Olympic gold
GROSSETO, Italy -- Track and field's governing body recommended Sunday that the U.S. 1,600-meter relay team, led by Michael Johnson, be stripped of its gold medal from the Sydney Olympics as part of the Jerome Young doping case.

IAAF wants U.S. relay team stripped of 2000 Olympic gold

Marion Jones pulls out of 200 at Olympic track trials

Guarding the games against hackers, worms and Trojan horses
ATHENS, Greece -- Everyone is on the lookout for Olympic infiltrators.

Marion Jones pulls out of 200 at Olympic track trials
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- After weeks of defending herself against doping allegations and trying to explain her subpar performances, Marion Jones smiled and laughed as she poked a little fun at herself.

Authorities can't rule out possibility of unknown steroids in Olympics

Davenport holds off Venus Williams to win Stanford thriller

Pyrenees expose poor timing at Tour de France

Hipwell leaves rivals in wake

Armstrong in total control

Beware the Alps - obstacle ahead for Lance Armstrong

Area sports announcements

Augusta boxers bring home the gold

Overtime

Hipwell stays on top of class

Hipwell stays on top of class
Top fuel hydro driver John Hipwell remained the top qualifier in his field Saturday after a long, balmy day for fans and drivers at the 19th annual Augusta Southern Nationals drag boat races.

Overtime
Georgia Tech's 2005 recruiting class has grown to three players following verbal commitments from a pair of high school seniors this week.

Hipwell leaves rivals in wake
Sunday's dramatic finish of the 19th annual Augusta Southern Nationals was as predictable as it could have been in a sport where good fortune can change like the wind.

Beware the Alps - obstacle ahead for Lance Armstrong
NIMES, France -- There's a giant obstacle - the Alps - in Lance Armstrong's road to victory at the Tour de France.

Area sports announcements
Rodney Hennon's Eagles Baseball Camp will be held at Georgia Southern. Session III will be held July 26-29 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. For more information, call (912) 871-1331 or go to www.georgiasouthernbaseballcamp.com.

Pyrenees expose poor timing at Tour de France
To win the Tour de France you have to be at your absolute best for three weeks in July. If your timing is off, your chances of winning go up in smoke.

Davenport holds off Venus Williams to win Stanford thriller
STANFORD, Calif. -- Lindsay Davenport held off Venus Williams 7-6 (4), 5-7, 7-6 (4) Sunday to win her third Bank of the West Classic title.

Augusta boxers bring home the gold
The Augusta Boxing Club had six gold medalists over the weekend at the Georgia Games competition in Doraville. Deondre Walker (60 pounds), A.J. Obleton (65), Austin Overton (80), William Ware (132), Fred Hall (141) and Jason Pinckney (152) all brought home title in their divisions.

Armstrong in total control
PLATEAU DE BEILLE, France - Clearing the path to a record sixth Tour de France crown, Lance Armstrong overpowered his rivals in the showcase race's 13th stage on Saturday, moving to cement his place as the most dominant rider of his generation.

Outdoors calendar

Outdoors calendar
NOTE: All the listed events are open to the public, although membership in some organizations might be required.

More than bass

More than bass
Who says the biggest fish in Clarks Hill are striped bass?

Rare emus are turning up everywhere
George Fryhofer has seen some strange creatures running through the woods in Burke County, but the 5-foot-tall, three-toed birds that have been turning up near Shell Bluff are probably the oddest.

Warriors battle to title
Just because all but a couple of college coaches had flown home didn't mean the Illinois Warriors would take their collective foot off the accelerator for Saturday evening's Nike Peach Jam final.

Falcon's notebook
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Considering where his team stood at the end of November, Dick Sullivan is grateful the Atlanta Falcons have such devoted fans.

Rare emus are turning up everywhere

Georgia Tech coach ready to raise the bar once again

Denis Leary strikes sparks with a drama about firemen
NEW YORK -- In the new FX drama "Rescue Me," Denis Leary stars as Tommy Gavin, a Manhattan firefighter saving lives and helping keep his city safe.

CBS executive defends firing of 'CSI' stars

Barry Pepper plays late Dale Earnhardt in new ESPN movie
LOS ANGELES -- Barry Pepper's days seem to be numbered.

Denis Leary strikes sparks with a drama about firemen

Convention coverage, like conventions themselves, are in flux
NEW YORK -- The national political conventions clearly aren't what they used to be, but PBS' Jim Lehrer isn't sure many people in television news recognize what they've become.

CBS executive defends firing of 'CSI' stars
LOS ANGELES -- The firing of two "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" stars in a salary dispute was fair and intended to help the TV industry draw the fiscal line, CBS chief Leslie Moonves said Sunday.

Dylan McDermott enmeshed in TNT's "The Grid"

Convention coverage, like conventions themselves, are in flux

'Fahrenheit 9/11': Luring TV viewers to the theater for news
NEW YORK -- Time was, you had to go to the movies to see the news. Then came television, which brought newsreels right into your home.

Dylan McDermott enmeshed in TNT's "The Grid"
LOS ANGELES -- "I hesitate to call it entertainment," Dylan McDermott says about "The Grid," a new TNT miniseries about the worldwide threat of terrorism.

'Fahrenheit 9/11': Luring TV viewers to the theater for news

People in the News

Celebrity birthdays

Georgia is popular preseason pick for national championship run

Georgia is popular preseason pick for national championship run
ATHENS, Ga. -- If the college football predictions hitting newsstands this summer are on target, Georgia could finish a bigger drill this fall.

Man charged with swinging pet alligator at girlfriend during fight

Man charged with swinging pet alligator at girlfriend during fight

Man arrested after allegedly leaving heroin in rental car

Teen charged with murder in 10-year-old's death in clothes dryer