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.

Traveling, and more, with Pico Iyer

Sunken U-boat provides thrilling true-life adventure
"Shadow Divers: The True Adventure of Two Americans Who Risked Everything To Solve One of the Last Mysteries of World War II." By Robert Kurson. Random House. 375 Pages. $26.95.

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.

Victims feeling a bit 'run down' in two new whodunits
Writers of mystery fiction have tried to kill off characters by shooting, stabbing, drowning, hanging, poisoning, electrocuting, strangling, bludgeoning and even dropping pianos on them.

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.

Barry Lopez takes on complacency

Sunken U-boat provides thrilling true-life adventure

Playwright Horton Foote delivers 'The Day Emily Married'

New York exhibit explores history of presidential campaigns

Victims feeling a bit 'run down' in two new whodunits

Traveling, and more, with Pico Iyer
"Sun After Dark: Flights Into the Foreign." By Pico Iyer. Knopf. 223 Pages. $22.95.

Adam Pascal returns for final weeks of 'Aida'

Barry Lopez takes on complacency
"Resistance." By Barry Lopez. Knopf. 163 Pages. $18.

Big-budget musicals turning Las Vegas Strip into Broadway West

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.

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."

Exhibit showcases relationship between artist and patron

Expos trade Everett to White Sox

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
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

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.

Mets rout Phillies

Mariners trade Aurilia to Padres

Mariners trade Aurilia to Padres
SEATTLE -- The San Diego Padres added some infield depth, getting Rich Aurilia from the Seattle Mariners on Monday for a player to be named or cash.

Busbee's work, humor won't be quickly forgotten

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.

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 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.

Odds and Ends
STEVENS POINT, Wis. -- When a black bear wandered into the city and climbed up a tree, residents here didn't panic or rush away. In fact, they did the opposite.

In Texas, Japanese Americans upset over name of rural road seek to change it
HOUSTON -- For many Japanese Americans the sign is a painful insult, an echo of decades of discrimination: Jap Road.

Hampton's sinker saves Braves
ATLANTA - It had been the biggest mystery of the season, what happened to Mike Hampton's vaunted sinker?

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.

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

Businesses must check suspect list

Airport tenant will be bought
The proposed sale of Garrett Aviation Services announced Monday will send the aircraft-maintenance company from under the wing of one Fortune 500 company to another.

Is the big airline concept a dinosaur?

Straight-shooter Stonecipher focuses on discipline, costs at Boeing

Straight-shooter Stonecipher focuses on discipline, costs at Boeing

Businesses must check suspect list
Next time you buy a car, don't be surprised if the dealer checks to see if you're a terrorist.

Business brief

Business brief
ATLANTA - Delta Air Lines Inc. reported a nearly $2 billion second-quarter loss - perhaps its worst ever in a three-month period - but the ailing carrier's pilots union said it is close to making a new wage concession proposal to management.

Delta reports huge 2Q loss on hefty charges

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.

New health savings accounts offer options for state workers
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Supporters say a new insurance plan with health savings accounts offered to state employees will give workers more options and allow them to choose the coverage that suits them best. But opponents say the plan won't help families already struggling to cover health care costs.

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

Is the big airline concept a dinosaur?
ATLANTA -- When AirTran Airways chief executive 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.

CEO perk: higher interest rate on savings

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.

Business bureau loses its franchise
Area residents interested in filing a complaint with the Better Business Bureau will have to call Macon, Ga.

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

Delta reports huge 2Q loss on hefty charges
ATLANTA -- Delta Air Lines Inc., despite a 13 percent rise in revenue, reported a second quarter loss of nearly $2 billion because of hefty charges.

Business bureau loses its franchise

Citigroup, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley fined $250,000 each
WASHINGTON -- Three major investment firms have been fined $250,000 each by securities regulators for allegedly failing, even after being ordered to do so, to provide required documents to investors bringing claims against brokers in 20 arbitration cases in the past two years.

Airport tenant will be bought

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.

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.

New health savings accounts offer options for state workers

Clemson proceeding with collapsible goal posts

Clemson proceeding with collapsible goal posts
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Clemson athletic director Terry Don Phillips says Death Valley is on the way to having hydraulic collapsible goal posts in time for its opener with Wake Forest on Sept. 4.

Local colleges recruit top talent

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.

Lebo expecting small, scrappy team
AUBURN, Ala. -- Jeff Lebo has two mandates for his Auburn players next season.

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.

Local colleges recruit top talent
Dip Metress usually spends the first half of his summer relaxing. In his first year at Augusta State, though, there's been too much to do.

Gottfried brushes off sky-high expectations

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."

Man of vision, kindness

Our endorsements, July 20 primary
Here are our endorsements for the July 20 primary elections.

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."

Man of vision, kindness
Historians will remember George Busbee, who was unexpectedly felled by a heart attack at age 76 on Friday, as the first Georgia governor to serve two consecutive four-year terms, from 1975 to 1983; who battled to keep the state's fiscal condition afloat during one of the nation's most painful recessions; who, after the economy improved, obtained full funding for kindergarten classes and raises for public school teachers and college professors.

Bush and the NAACP

Want a reason to vote?
Given the sacrifices our troops are making to bring democracy to Iraq, it's the darkest of scandals that more Americans don't vote.

Want a reason to vote?

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.

People in the News
Waco, Texas Michael Moore's documentary "Fahrenheit 9/11" about President Bush is a hit nearly everywhere except in the rolling hills near his ranch. But Moore and some peace activists want to change that by screening the film somewhere around Crawford.

Market is mixed as investors await sign

Mixed messages on profits keeps stocks muddled

Mixed messages on profits keeps stocks muddled
NEW YORK -- A weak profit outlook from 3M Co. disappointed Wall Street Monday, leaving stocks mixed as investors grew worried that second-half profits will fall short of expectations. Technology shares eked out minimal gains in advance of Microsoft Corp.'s earnings later in the week.

Market is mixed as investors await sign
NEW YORK - A weak profit outlook from 3M Co. disappointed Wall Street on Monday, leaving stocks mixed as investors grew worried that second-half profits will fall short of expectations. Technology shares eked out minimal gains in advance of Microsoft Corp.'s earnings later in the week.

Supermarkets whet customers' appetites with cafes

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.

Tidy up and reap more flowers
Although it sounds gruesome, "deadheading" annual and perennial flowers keeps your garden tidy, and does no harm to your plants.

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.

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

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

Points wins Pete Dye Classic

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.

Kuhlke rallies for win

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.

British Open ratings same as last year

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.

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

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.

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
TROON, Scotland -- Everything he ever wanted was slipping away.

British Open ratings same as last year
NEW YORK -- Another surprising British Open victory by a relative unknown kept the TV ratings about the same for this year's 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:

Hamilton has latest in sport's wild rides
TROON, Scotland - Todd Hamilton always had the talent. What he needed was a passport.

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.

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

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.

Litke: Hamilton wouldn't let this one slip away

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.

Transgender golfer barred from women's tournament

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.

Hamilton has latest in sport's wild rides

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

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

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

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

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.

GreenJackets take two from Asheville

Coach brought success to local teams

Spartans begin with high hopes

Coach brought success to local teams
Terry Holder slipped a minnow on a hook and dropped the line into the murky water of Clarks Hill Lake off a dock near his home in Lincoln County.

Spartans begin with high hopes
There are certain signs of the coming fall.

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.

Busbee's work, humor won't be quickly forgotten
They're saying many nice things about George Busbee, the former Georgia governor who died unexpectedly Friday.

Crash kills one
A morning crash involving a van and a sport utility vehicle killed at least one person on Bobby Jones Expressway.

3 soldiers hurt in tower collapse
Three Fort Gordon soldiers were taken to the hospital this morning after a ceremonial tower collapsed, officials said.

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

Voter turnout high for primary
Area residents started going to the polls at the crack of dawn and are steadily making their way through the booths, officials say.

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

Seniors should not pay school taxes

Seniors should not pay school taxes
I read the disgusting editorial " 'Romancing' the elderly" (July 2, opposing senior citizens' exemption from paying Richmond County school taxes). I'm 82. I resent being called anyone's "pet."A.L. LaVallee, Grovetown

View on Walker is hypocritical

Cartoon offended on many levels

Edwards will ace foreign policy

Correction
In Monday's Augusta Chronicle, the author of the letter "Edwards will ace foreign policy" should have been listed as Donavon Reimche of Martinez. The Chronicle regrets the error.

Correction

View on Walker is hypocritical
I find it amusing - sad, but amusing - that Augusta Democratic Party Chairman Lowell Greenbaum never fails to call the Bush administration and the Republicans out on their ethical lapses, but all he can say about the 142-felony-count indictment of state Sen. Charles Walker is that he is innocent until proven guilty.David Fort, 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

Cartoon offended on many levels
Media use of hackneyed expressions such as "Islamic terrorists, extremists, fundamentalists and militants" spread fear and conflict. While terrorism existed in Europe for thousands of years, no one refers to "Catholic, Protestant, or Jewish extremists, fundamentalists, militants or terrorists."H. Hashimi, Augusta

Presidential caliber? Phooey!

Bush cannot force his will on the worldCorrection
During a press conference earlier this year, President Bush stated: "And as the greatest power on the face of the earth, we have an obligation to help the spread of freedom. ... And my job as the president is to lead this nation into making the world a better place." Glenda Windham, Wagener, S.C.

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

Lunar loony

Guarantine facility eased fears of moon microbes

Fitness: Cyclist takes the hard route to health

Once a special day, Sunday starting to melt into every other part of the week

Previous idea became story in new form

Rumbles of next big 'blowout' in Yellowstone Park

'The Winner's Circle'

Diet: What you eat, what you weigh can affect brain health, studies say

Virtual reality, of sorts, for training doctors and nurses

USC professor's creation offers outlet for moms who write

At Microsoft, improving security isn't so simple

Send schedules of arts events

A new drug expected to shake up cholesterol market

Diet: What you eat, what you weigh can affect brain health, studies say
Eating vegetables like broccoli and spinach may help older women retain some memory abilities later on, while avoiding obesity in middle age lowers the risk of later Alzheimer's disease in both sexes, new studies suggest.

Rumbles of next big 'blowout' in Yellowstone Park
Yellowstone National Park is a land of many perils.

Researchers say flicking, instead of swatting, mosquitoes may prevent infection
TOLEDO, Ohio -- Flicking away pesky mosquitoes may be better than swatting the bloodsucking insects, which can risk infections if their body parts are smashed into human skin, researchers say.

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.

Fitness: Cyclist takes the hard route to health
CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Sure, Lance Armstrong accomplished a great feat battling back from cancer to win five Tour de France titles and compete for a record sixth straight. But what about cycling enthusiast Mike Magnuson?

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.

Once a special day, Sunday starting to melt into every other part of the week
Once, within living memory, it was a day apart in many places: a 24-hour stretch of family time when liquor was unavailable, church was the rule, shopping was impossible and - in some towns - weekend staples like tending the lawn and playing in the park met with hearty disapproval.

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.

USC professor's creation offers outlet for moms who write
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Sure, mothers are concerned with how much TV their children watch, what kinds of snacks to offer and potty-training techniques, but University of South Carolina English professor Amy Hudock knew there must be more to motherhood than the daily ups and downs.

Lunar loony
It was not made of cheese.

A new drug expected to shake up cholesterol market
A new drug expected to shake up cholesterol market

'The Winner's Circle'
EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the first chapter of an 18-part story that The Augusta Chronicle will publish in Your Life on Sundays, Tuesdays and Fridays.

Send schedules of arts events
It might be scorching outside, but local arts group members are busy planning their fall and winter schedules. If your group has its act together and has a firm plan of attack for the umpcoming season, we'd like to help publicize.

Previous idea became story in new form
Jennifer Armstrong doesn't set out to write a "teen" novel, or an "easy-reader" or even a piece of nonfiction.

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.

Graham seeks help for SRS

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.

Lawmakers wrestle with nominations
A spat among some state legislators over whether several proposed appointments to Augusta governing boards are valid is once again hinging on a key question.

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

News you can use

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.

Medical helicopter's success lifts services
The emergency medical helicopter stationed at Daniel Field for the past 15 months has been so beneficial that Medical College of Georgia officials said it's only the jumping-off point for more service.

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.

Hospital's Evans clinic fills quickly

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.

Medical helicopter's success lifts services

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.

Savings account offers options for medicine
COLUMBIA - Supporters say a new insurance plan with health savings accounts offered to state employees will give workers more options and allow them to choose the coverage that suits them best. But opponents say the plan won't help families already struggling to cover health care costs.

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.

Media mogul, 81, dies
COLUMBUS, Ga. - Columbus media mogul Charles McClure has died of natural causes.

No funding for S.C. teenage smoking prevention program

Air director will have 2 salaries
Buster Boshears will have separate salaries from the pair of airports he oversees rather than a combined salary as previously planned.

Augusta BBB office loses status

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.

College student finishes unusual quest: see every Ga. county

High turnout is predicted

Voters will decide tax extension

Media mogul, 81, dies

Across the area

Facility lacks lightning guard

Alligator found resting in north Georgia stream

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Malique Gamble, 4, of Wadley, Ga.

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.

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

Stealing a kiss

Graham seeks help for SRS
NEW ELLENTON - The cleanup of nuclear waste at Savannah River Site could grind to a halt by about 2008, leaving millions of gallons of radioactive material sitting dangerously in aging storage tanks, Department of Energy officials warned Monday.

Rants and raves
THIS IS A BIG RAVE for Glynn Moore for being recognized for his achievements. His columns are so true-to-life, and some inspirational. Keep up the good work, Glynn. You are appreciated.

Coach's bond set at $180,000
AIKEN - Tennis pro John Wesley Dingle, facing 13 molestation and assault charges leveled by two teenage students, was hit with a $180,000 bond Monday by an Aiken County magistrate judge.

Runoffs forecast for both parties

Across South Carolina
SPARTANBURG - Police closed off an area around a convenience store after a man running from a traffic stop took an employee hostage, investigators said Monday.

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

Polls are ready for big crowd
For weeks, the candidates have battled it out in advertisements and debates. But today it all comes down to the simple punch of buttons on a touch-screen computer.

The week ahead

Rants and raves
THIS IS A BIG RAVE for Glynn Moore for being recognized for his achievements. His columns are so true-to-life, and some inspirational. Keep up the good work, Glynn. You are appreciated.

Voters get choice in judgeship race

Curator works long hours to organize best exhibits

Kid of the day

Coach's bond set at $180,000

Savings account offers options for medicine

Network of divers will help uncover Georgia's submerged treasures

Friends pay respects to 'Miss Mary'

Garter sees 62 years of weddings

Columbia County ballot

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.

State officials take girl from family living in tents

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

Low-cost airlines start Greenville flight

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.

Intentions of 'Ol' Pete' remain misunderstood

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.

Across Georgia

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

Lawmakers wrestle with nominations

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.

Kid of the day

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?

Science test stands in graduates' way

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.

Across the area

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.

A SIMPLE GOODBYE

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.

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

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.

MCG president's home is robbed

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.

3 towns in area violate standard
AIKEN - Three Aiken County towns and the water and sewer system for Edgefield County violated federal drinking water standards at least once in 2003, South Carolina health officials said Monday, ranking among only eight public water systems across the state that were significantly off target.

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.

Garter sees 62 years of weddings
ATHENS, Ga. - Per tradition, Western brides are told to carry something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue for luck in their marriage.

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.

Across South Carolina

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.

Hospital's Evans clinic fills quickly
Even as University Hospital moves in the final tenants for its new medical building in Evans, hospital officials are eyeing future expansion at their property on North Belair Road.

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.

Science test stands in graduates' way
ATHENS, Ga. - Anita Cannon has finished her high school classes, has moved the tassel on her commencement cap and is looking forward to starting at Athens Technical College in the fall, but first she has to clear one last hurdle - the Georgia High School Graduation Test in science.

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.

Friends pay respects to 'Miss Mary'
EDGEFIELD, S.C.- Gathering at the church where Mary Thurmond Tompkins was a member for 85 years, family and friends shared memories of "Miss Mary," the last living sibling of the late Strom Thurmond.

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.

A SIMPLE GOODBYE
ATLANTA - Georgia's political elite paid tribute Monday to former Gov. George Busbee in Capitol ceremonies that seemed to match the 77th governor's easygoing personality and distaste for ostentation.

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

Across the area
The son of Richmond County Schools Superintendent Charles Larke has been placed on administrative leave without pay from his job with the school system pending the outcome of five criminal charges.

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.

Across Georgia
JACKSON - Eddie Albert Crawford was executed by injection Monday for kidnapping, raping and murdering his 2-year-old niece in 1983.

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

Facility lacks lightning guard
A bolt of lightning might be all it takes to fry millions of dollars' worth of electronics equipment at the Richmond County Sheriff's Office, officials say.

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.

News you can use
JULY 20, 1995 A woman and two children were taken to Augusta Regional Medical Center's Burn Center on Wednesday after an early morning crash on Interstate 75 near Tifton that killed five people and injured nine. The woman and children are members of a Chicago family whose truck was rammed by a tractor-trailer at about 4 a.m. Wednesday.

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.

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.

MCG president's home is robbed
The president's home at the Medical College of Georgia was burglarized Sunday afternoon in what MCG police are saying is a string of incidents in the area.

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.

'I, Robot' debuts at No. 1

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

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films

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

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.

Will Smith adds summer smarts with 'I, Robot'

Jennifer Hartswick emerges from vibrant chaos of Trey Anastasio Band

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.

New Calif. law gives recording artists rights to audit record labels
LOS ANGELES -- Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Friday signed a law giving recording artists more flexibility to audit record companies' finances in search of potentially unpaid royalties.

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.

Ten-Hut! Marine Josh Gracin releases debut album

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.

New Calif. law gives recording artists rights to audit record labels

Dale Earnhardt Jr. released from hospital

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

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. released from hospital
SACRAMENTO -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. was released from the hospital Monday, one day after being burned on the face and legs following a crash during a warmup for an American Le Mans Series race.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. burned after crash

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

Hawks have interest in free agent Dampier
ATLANTA -- Atlanta Hawks general manager Billy Knight and coach Mike Woodson met with free agent center Erick Dampier Monday in Salt Lake City, a team spokesman said.

Rapper Nelly latest to join ownership group for Bobcats
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Rapper Nelly is a part-owner of the NBA's expansion Charlotte Bobcats.

Court bars media from disclosing Bryant transcripts

Hawks have interest in free agent Dampier

Mercury acquire forward Gwen Jackson

Mercury acquire forward Gwen Jackson
PHOENIX -- The Phoenix Mercury on Monday acquired second-year forward Gwen Jackson from the San Antonio Silver Stars for forward Adrian Williams.

Rapper Nelly latest to join ownership group for Bobcats

Court bars media from disclosing Bryant transcripts
DENVER -- The Colorado Supreme Court ruled Monday the news media cannot release details from a closed-door hearing in the Kobe Bryant sexual assault case that were accidentally e-mailed by a court reporter.

Source: Divac headed back to Lakers

Fisher looking for new start with Golden State
OAKLAND, Calif. -- With two point guards already under contract, the signing of Derek Fisher could leave the Golden State Warriors with an overcrowded backcourt.

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.

Source: Divac headed back to Lakers
Vlade Divac has reached an agreement to rejoin the Los Angeles Lakers, leaving the Sacramento Kings after six seasons, an NBA source told The Associated Press.

Gottfried brushes off sky-high expectations
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Mark Gottfried is doing his best to puncture the blown-up expectations from Alabama's deepest NCAA tournament run.

Titans agree to terms with two seventh-round draft picks

George: Not ready to retire after 2004

Panthers come to terms with second-, seventh-round picks

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

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

Young Americans bring fresh face to troubled sport

New tram opens in Athens ahead of Olympics
ATHENS, Greece -- Thousands of riders packed the city's first new tram Monday as it made its first trip through the Greek capital ahead of next month's Olympic Games.

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.

Young Americans bring fresh face to troubled sport
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The United States will send a track and field team loaded with young talent to the Athens Olympics, fresh faces sorely needed by a troubled sport.

New tram opens in Athens ahead of Olympics

American Olympians growing old gracefully
NEW WAVERLY, Texas -- One woman likes Led Zeppelin, has already been through college and spent her time before the Olympics worrying as much about bills as tumbling and twirling.

Cunningham must beat Chinese weightlifter to repeat as gold medalist
Tara Cunningham must beat one of China's so-called Dream Team weightlifters to repeat as an Olympic gold medalist in Athens next month.

American Olympians growing old gracefully

Hipwell leaves rivals in wake

Riders learn to deal with dangers on and off road

Beware the Alps - obstacle ahead for Lance Armstrong

Pyrenees expose poor timing at Tour de France

Augusta boxers bring home the gold

Davenport holds off Venus Williams to win Stanford thriller

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.

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.

Riders learn to deal with dangers on and off road
NIMES, France - Lance Armstrong has touched thousands of people, and just as many have touched him.

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.

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.

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.

Titans agree to terms with two seventh-round draft picks
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Titans have agreed to terms with seventh-round draft picks Jared Clauss and Sean McHugh.

George: Not ready to retire after 2004
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Eddie George, Tennessee's all-time leading running back, said Monday he doesn't like the Titans' offer of a pay cut because the deal is only for the 2004 season.

Panthers come to terms with second-, seventh-round picks
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Carolina Panthers on Monday agreed to terms with their second- and seventh-round draft picks, bringing to four the number of draft picks that the team has signed.

Two American cultural titans share thoughts about the Bible
They are titans in their respective fields who have taught within miles of each other. But they never met until a journalist brought them together to talk about the Bible.

CBS executive: Network will resist Super Bowl fines

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

CBS executive defends firing of 'CSI' stars

Disney pins family channel hopes on former BBC executive

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.

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.

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
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"

Disney pins family channel hopes on former BBC executive
LOS ANGELES -- When Disney chief executive Michael Eisner announced the purchase of Fox Family Worldwide Inc. in 2001, he called it a deal "we had been fantasizing about for maybe three years."

Convention coverage, like conventions themselves, are in flux

Denis Leary strikes sparks with a drama about firemen

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: Network will resist Super Bowl fines
LOS ANGELES -- CBS will fight any fines leveled against its television stations over Janet Jackson's startling Super Bowl performance, a top executive with parent company Viacom Inc. said.

People in the News

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Gamecocks coach facing big questions
COLUMBIA - This was supposed to be a summer with fewer questions for South Carolina basketball coach Dave Odom. Instead, he faces nearly as many as he did a year ago.

Gamecocks coach facing big questions

Relationship with ex of friend is not issue
THIS WEEK'S QUESTION: I have a best friend who I've been best friends with since sixth grade, and I met this boy about six months ago. In 2002 they used to mess around, but I just found out. Should I stay with him and stay friends with her or should I break up with him and stay friends with her?

My Style
THE FACTS: Samora VanDyke, 15, (right) a rising sophomore at T.W. Josey High School, and Tonocka Lewis, 17, a rising senior at Josey.

Stage presence
Before the curtain goes up or the audience erupts into applause, for the actors and director (not to mention the countless people behind the scenes who secure all the costumes, props and funds) there's just a script, a blank stage and weeks of rehearsal.

Question of the week
Have you ever gotten hurt at work?

Xtreme needs you
Have something to say? Want to say it in Xtreme? Here's your chance.

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Relationship with ex of friend is not issue

Question of the week

Audio best
Weekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear in Billboard magazine. Platinum signifies more than 1 million copies sold:Top singles1. Confessions Part II, Usher. LaFace.2. Slow Motion, Juvenile and Souja Slim. Cash Money.3. Burn, Usher. Arista.4. The Reason, Hoobastank. Island.5. If I Ain't Got You, Alicia Keys. J.Top albums1. The Hunger for More, Lloyd Banks. G Unit/Interscope.2. Confessions, Usher. LaFace.3. Here for the Party, Gretchen Wilson. Epic (Nashville). (Platinum)4. Kiss of Death, Jadakiss. Ruff Ryders.5. Under My Skin, Avril Lavigne. Arista.

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

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In Texas, Japanese Americans upset over name of rural road seek to change it

Man arrested after allegedly leaving heroin in rental car

Man charged with swinging pet alligator at girlfriend during fight

Two American cultural titans share thoughts about the Bible