Stephen Sondheim returns to Studio 54 with 'Pacific Overtures'
NEW YORK (AP) "Assassins," the Stephen Sondheim-John Weidman musical has closed at Studio 54, but "Pacific Overtures," another show by the two men, will open at the theater in December.

Community theaters to go mainstream over edgy

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

Stephen Sondheim returns to Studio 54 with 'Pacific Overtures'

Cinderella is perfect role for Royal Ballet's young star

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

Barry Lopez takes on complacency

Sunken U-boat provides thrilling true-life adventure

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.

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.

Community theaters to go mainstream over edgy
Jake Gordy does a little bit of everything with his community theater in Toledo, Ohio acting, producing, singing and building sets.

Cinderella is perfect role for Royal Ballet's young star
New york befitting its title, Britain's Royal Ballet has a few crown jewels in its realm. And one of the very brightest is wunderkind ballerina Alina Cojocaru.

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

Jeter leaves game after being hit by pitch

Mariners trade Aurilia to Padres

Cardinals take the fight to Cubs

Orioles rock Royals
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- No more 0-for-Orioles.

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.

Cardinals take the fight to Cubs
CHICAGO -- Albert Pujols left a lasting impression on the Chicago Cubs.

Orioles rock Royals

Jeter leaves game after being hit by pitch
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Derek Jeter sustained a bruised right wrist Tuesday when he was hit on the back of the hand by a pitch from Victor Zambrano during the New York Yankees' 4-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

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

Four inmates go on a beer run, are charged with escape
ROGERSVILLE, Tenn. -- The party's over for four inmates accused of going on a beer run after the jail's doors were accidentally left unlocked.

Odds and Ends
FOND DU LAC, Wis. -- Chalk up another meaty milestone for Don Gorske.

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.

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.

Animal rights group to release video showing chickens at KFC supplier being kicked, stomped and thrown
NEW YORK -- An investigator for an animal rights group captured video showing chickens being kicked, stomped and thrown against a wall by workers at a supplier for Kentucky Fried Chicken, which has been under pressure since last year over the treatment of animals.

Braves' bullpen blows it
ATLANTA - For the Braves, the shock value of Bobby Abreu's run-scoring single in the 10th inning Tuesday night will probably wear off by the time they open the clubhouse door this afternoon.

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

Airport tenant will be bought

Greenspan says Fed may increase interest rates faster if inflation worsens

Venture-backed companies fare better than venture capitalists
SAN FRANCISCO -- While venture capitalists retrenched, many of the companies they helped create continued to expand during the past three years of economic turmoil, according to a study released Tuesday.

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.

Windows open new business for contractor

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

Housing construction in June falls to lowest level in just over a year
WASHINGTON -- Home builders took a bit of a breather in June, sending housing construction down to its lowest level in just over a year. It was another sign that the economy slowed down last month.

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.

Business briefs
MILWAUKEE - Johnson Controls Inc. said Tuesday that its profit jumped 17 percent in the latest quarter, helped by reduced customer costs and growing sales of its auto parts.

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.

Business briefs

Delta reports huge 2Q loss on hefty charges

Venture-backed companies fare better than venture capitalists

New health savings accounts offer options for state workers

Ford posts profit of $1.2 billion in second quarter
Dearborn, Mich. Ford Motor Co.'s profit nearly tripled in the second quarter from a year ago, lifted by record earnings at its finance arm and improved business in Europe.

Is the big airline concept a dinosaur?

Greenspan says Fed may increase interest rates faster if inflation worsens
WASHINGTON -- Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said Tuesday the central bank is prepared to raise interest rates more quickly if inflation suddenly worsens.

Businesses must check suspect list

Windows open new business for contractor
Rick Busby never intended to get his heating and air-conditioning company into the home window business, but it was just too good an opportunity to turn down.

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.

Continental blames quarterly loss on fuel costs
Houston high fuel costs continued to hamper financial performance of continental airlines inc., which reported a $17 million second-quarter loss on Tuesday.

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.

Schwab brings back Charles Schwab as CEO
San francisco discount broker charles schwab corp. dumped ceo david pottruck on tuesday and replaced him with founder charles schwab, hoping the man who created the company can rejuvenate a business that has been sputtering for several years.

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.

Ford posts profit of $1.2 billion in second quarter

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.

Showdown over expensing stock options comes to House floor

Business bureau loses its franchise

Showdown over expensing stock options comes to House floor
Washington a showdown pitting donor-rich silicon valley against key regulators and big investors comes to the floor of the house, which is moving to block a proposed requirement that companies deduct from their profits the cost of stock options.

Business brief

Housing construction in June falls to lowest level in just over a year

Sun posts surprising fourth-quarter profit
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Sun Microsystems Inc. posted a surprising fiscal fourth-quarter profit Tuesday as the struggling server and software maker continued to cut costs and reported gains from a lucrative settlement with Microsoft Corp.

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.

Clemson proceeding with collapsible goal posts

Ole Miss suspends two players from team after their arrests after gun waving incident

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.

Gators suspend Crowder, Herring for season opener
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida has suspended linebacker Channing Crowder and safety Jarvis Herring for the season opener after both were arrested for scuffling with police outside a local nightclub earlier this summer, the school said Tuesday.

Gators suspend Crowder, Herring for season opener

Ole Miss suspends two players from team after their arrests after gun waving incident
JACKSON, Miss. -- Mississippi running back Jamal Pittman and linebacker Ken Bournes have been suspended indefinitely after their weekend arrests during what police said was a confrontation in Memphis, Tenn., in which both displayed guns.

Local colleges recruit top talent

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

Gottfried brushes off sky-high expectations

Lady Jags sign nine recruits

Volunteers make impact at Forest Hills

Man of vision, kindness

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.

'Girlie-men' insults

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.

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

'Girlie-men' insults
The left is fit to be tied over California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's remarks that state legislators who don't own up to serving special interests, instead of the public interest, are "girlie men."

Aggravated Berglery

Want a reason to vote?

Aggravated Berglery
Is this how Sandy Berger conducted himself while national security adviser under Bill Clinton? Stuffing highly classified documents in his jacket and pants and socks and spiriting them out of the office - and then "losing" some of them?

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.

Vegas casino boots Linda Ronstadt after she praises Moore's 'Fahrenheit 9/11'
LAS VEGAS -- Singer Linda Ronstadt not only got booed, she got the boot after praising filmmaker Michael Moore and his new movie "Fahrenheit 9/11" during a performance.

Jackson lawyers tell appeals court secrecy should stay in place until after trial
LOS ANGELES -- Michael Jackson's lawyers asked an appeals court Monday to maintain the secrecy now surrounding his child molestation case, suggesting in court papers there would be no harm if information currently sealed were not released to the public until after the trial.

Stocks higher on Greenspan comments
NEW YORK -- A bullish assessment of the economy by Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan sent stocks moderately higher Tuesday but failed to give the market a major spark in what was generally a quiet session.

Mixed messages on profits keeps stocks muddled

Market is mixed as investors await sign

Stocks higher on Greenspan comments

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.

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.

Crab and avocado salad
HYDE PARK, N.Y. -- If the success of a dish was determined solely by its appearance, this salad of crab and avocado would win hands down.

Oven-roasted halibut with herb citrus vinaigrette
Uncomplicated meals which food writer Marie Simmons can make effortlessly and share with her family at the end of the day are an essential part of her busy life, she says in the introduction to her new cookbook, "Fresh and Fast: Inspired Cooking for Every Season and Every Day" (Houghton Mifflin, $18 paperback).

Baked beans are summer's favorite barbecue side dish
BATON ROUGE, La. -- As families fire up barbecues for summer weekend cookouts, chances are baked beans will appear alongside whatever's cooking on the grill.

Small portions
Brining is the technique of soaking food in a salt solution to keep it moist and tender after being cooked. The salt breaks down the complex proteins in the muscle tissue of the meat or seafood, increasing the moisture-holding capacity. This results in a moister product.

Oven-roasted halibut with herb citrus vinaigrette

Peach and berry almond cobbler

Peach and berry almond cobbler
This peach, blueberry and blackberry almond cobbler combines delectable summer fruits in a familiar dessert with a nontraditional bonus, almond flavor from the almond paste used in the dough.

Chickpea salad and basil leaves stuffed with chevre and pine nuts
CONCORD, N.H. -- The warmer it is outside, the less willing I am to spend much time or energy inside preparing a meal, even when there are guests to be dazzled.

Crab and avocado salad

Small portions

Baked beans are summer's favorite barbecue side dish

Add ginger, lime to flavor top-round steak
Lean beef top-round steak, marinated and grilled, can be a flavorful low-fat choice .

Chicken kebabs Over fruited couscous

Chickpea salad and basil leaves stuffed with chevre and pine nuts

Chicken kebabs Over fruited couscous
A bright range of seasonings, including soy sauce, fruit preserves, hot-pepper sauce, garlic and ginger, makes spicy grilled chicken a nice balance for fruited couscous in this appealing kebab recipe.

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.

Jackets can't climb back
The Capital City Bombers continued to prove worthy of the top spot in the South Atlantic League Southern Division on Tuesday night.

Hamilton has latest in sport's wild rides

Does Hamilton belong on Ryder Cup team?

Moore has plans to stay in school
As more college players are leaving school early to turn pro, two-time U.S. Amateur Public Links champion Ryan Moore says he will stay at UNLV all four years.

Moore has plans to stay in school

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.

Baltusrol to be longer, narrower for 2005 PGA
SPRINGFIELD, N.J. -- A longer and narrower Baltusrol course, featuring possibly the longest hole in major championship play, is being prepared for the 2005 PGA Championship.

British Open ratings same as last year

Does Hamilton belong on Ryder Cup team?
TROON, Scotland -- Todd Hamilton left Royal Troon with the silver claret jug.

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

Jackets can't climb back

Coach brought success to local teams

Spartans begin with high hopes

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

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.

Samsonov is back with Bruins
The Boston Bruins re-signed star wing Sergei Samsonov on Tuesday while the Calgary Flames agreed to terms with Marcus Nilson, locking up one of their key players from this spring's playoff run.

NHL labor negotiations set to resume Wednesday
NEW YORK -- Hoping to stave off the second lockout in 11 seasons, the NHL and the players' association will meet Wednesday to resume negotiations on a new collective bargaining agreement.

Shrimp pie makes good use of corn
Remember those "impossible" quiche recipes that began to appear on the back of the baking mix box in the 1970s and '80s? You placed quiche fillings in a pie plate, then combined baking mix and other ingredients into a blender and ended up with a quiche that actually made its own crust.

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.

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.

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

Soldier dies in tower collapse
The soldier who was badly hurt in Tuesday's collapse of Fort Gordon's Semaphore Tower has died, post officials said this morning.

New plan needed for disruptive pupils

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

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

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.

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

Writer overlooks Moore's bias
Diane K. Smith's letter ("Moore has the facts, but editorial did not," July 8), claims that the media, including The Chronicle, have not engaged in "unbiased reporting" with Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11. What a joke! Carol Jarrard Augusta

Writer overlooks Moore's bias

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

Cartoon offended on many levels

New plan needed for disruptive pupils
Your recent editorial "Strengthening schools" (July 3) praises the change in Georgia law that purports to allow teachers more authority in removing disruptive students from the classroom. While no educator can disagree with the message behind this legislation, the law as written only complicates matters for our best teachers. Kirk M. Wright Evans

Downtown looked pitiful for Fourth
Ever since I came to Augusta I have heard the laments of the downtown business owners. They have blamed the mall, the strip centers and teenagers for their lack of business. The business owners have neglected to blame the obvious reason for the depressed area: themselves. Lisa Simpson, Martinez

Rumbles of next big 'blowout' in Yellowstone Park

Wineries continuing to sprout up in New York state

Suicide risk highest at start of drug treatment, study says

'The Winner's Circle'

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

Lunar loony

Cholesterol drugs safe in kids with inherited condition, study says

A new drug expected to shake up cholesterol market

Life's a beach for Jams family

USC professor's creation offers outlet for moms who write

Fitness: Cyclist takes the hard route to health

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

Previous idea became story in new form

Send schedules of arts events

Mary McFadden fashion designs on display at Allentown Art Museum
ALLENTOWN, Pa. -- The first thing fashion designer Mary McFadden points to in a retrospective of her work isn't a hemline or a hand-embroidered jacket: It's the "vista," from a silk Chinese robe across the gallery to a circular cotton mandala from India. She specifically uses the word "vista," suggesting a sweeping look back through time.

Wineries continuing to sprout up in New York state
MILLBROOK, N.Y. -- About 20 years ago, John Dyson bought an old dairy farm here in the rural Hudson Valley and started planting grapes in a fledgling effort at winemaking.

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

Cholesterol drugs safe in kids with inherited condition, study says
CHICAGO -- Statin drugs, prescribed to millions of American adults to ward off heart attacks and strokes, can safely reduce cholesterol levels and even reverse narrowing of the arteries in children with inherited high cholesterol, a two-year Dutch study found.

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

'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.

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.

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.

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.

Suicide risk highest at start of drug treatment, study says
CHICAGO -- A study of nearly 2,800 British adults and children bolsters the evidence that patients are prone to suicidal impulses when they are first put on antidepressants. But it found no difference in risk between newer and older drugs.

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.

Life's a beach for Jams family
NEW YORK -- Forty years might not be an endless summer but it's pretty darn close.

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.

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.

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?

Kid of the day

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.

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.

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.

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.

Coach's bond set at $180,000

Medical helicopter's success lifts services

Across the area

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.

Hospital's Evans clinic fills quickly

Whittle hangs on to sheriff position
Despite an active support base, businessman Lewis Blanchard was unable to get the votes Tuesday to unseat Columbia County Sheriff Clay Whittle.

Facility lacks lightning guard

Fort Gordon semaphore tower collapses, hurts 3
Three Fort Gordon soldiers were injured Tuesday morning after a ceremonial tower collapsed.

A SIMPLE GOODBYE

Savings account offers options for medicine

Across Georgia

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.

News you can use

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.

Whitehead knocks Brush out of Senate
After serving 12 years in the state Legislature, Sen. Joey Brush will not be returning to Atlanta next year.

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.

Friends pay respects to 'Miss Mary'

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.

NAACP extends tourism sanctions

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.

Partisanship invades Supreme Court race

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.

News you can use
July 21, 1982 The mysterious illness afflicting Sharkal Gaston, a 4-month-old Jesup, Ga., baby, has led to damage of her hearing and sight and produced other neurological abnormalities, doctors said Tuesday. She was transported to Augusta's Eugene Talmadge Memorial Hospital at the Medical College of Georgia on July 10 after she developed breathing difficulty, went into respiratory arrest, and began having seizures.

Science test stands in graduates' way

Struggle for tree in Chattanooga yields awareness
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - For 21 years, Jerry Roberts drove chain saws into thick tree trunks, toppled noble giants, then mulched them to smithereens.

News you can use

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON - A 23-foot-fishing boat reported missing off Charleston was found Tuesday out of gas but with all five people aboard in good shape, authorities said.

Across the area

Plan includes free legal calls for inmates
ATHENS, Ga. - Clarke County judges have included a requirement allowing all jail inmates to make toll-free calls to their lawyers as part of approving Sheriff Ira Edwards' plan to revamp a telephone system that allowed law enforcement officials to eavesdrop on privileged conversations.

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

Web is blamed for rise in porn
AIKEN - In the wake of a North Augusta man getting a 21-month federal prison sentence Monday for possession of child pornography from New Zealand, the assistant U.S. attorney who prosecuted the case said trafficking in such illicit material is on the rise because of the ease of Internet access.

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.

Superintendent says rise in taxes won't help enough
Additional revenue from growth and increased property values won't bring in enough money to balance Columbia County's Board of Education budget, school officials said Tuesday.

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.

Public says farewell at funeral for former Gov. George Busbee
ATLANTA - George Busbee, the first man to serve consecutive terms as Georgia's governor, was remembered Tuesday as a quietly effective leader who laid the foundation for the state's ongoing efforts in international trade.

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.

Parents of band members struggle to raise money
ron cockerille/staffAmy Jackson, the drum major for the Midland Valley High School Marching Band, leads her bandmates to an outdoor practice session. The Graniteville school performers practiced Tuesday, one of their first outside rehearsals of the year.[CAPTION]

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

Partisanship invades Supreme Court race
ATLANTA - The race for a seat on Georgia's Supreme Court didn't turn out to be nonpartisan after all by the time the votes were cast Tuesday.

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.

Graham seeks help for SRS

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.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Forrest Whitfield, 8, of Belvedere.

Ford retains grasp on commission seat
Columbia County's longest-serving commissioner will continue her reign for another four years.

Sears leads in race that turned partisan
ATLANTA - Justice Leah Sears led her challenger, former Cobb County Superior Court Judge Grant Brantley, on Tuesday in the race for a seat on Georgia's Supreme Court.

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

Fraud trial centers on company's ex-president

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.

Senate hopeful avoids runoff
ATLANTA - With 60 percent of the precincts reporting, U.S. Rep. Johnny Isakson took a commanding lead over his two rivals in the Republican primary to determine who would face the Democratic nominee for a chance to succeed retiring U.S. Sen. Zell Miller.

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.

Early returns suggest three runoffs for open House seats
ATLANTA - All three of Georgia's open seats for Congress appeared headed to runoffs in early returns Tuesday.

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.

Majette pulls away from crowded field
ATLANTA - As Georgia primary voters picked and chose Tuesday among the eight Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate, early returns pointed toward a good day for first-term Congresswoman Denise Majette.

MCG president's home is robbed

Sims, Beard rout opposition
The Augusta Commission's first two female members received a vote of confidence Tuesday as voters chose to keep them in their posts.

Garter sees 62 years of weddings

Jolly will take over for Pickett
Sheryl Jolly has unofficially won the race to replace Judge Albert M. Pickett on the Augusta Judicial Circuit's Superior Court bench.

Lawmakers wrestle with nominations

GOP poll favors arena
Richmond County Republicans favored a new arena at Regency Mall but split on a new Performing Arts Center and passed on other proposed projects, according to straw poll results from the primary.

Senate hopeful avoids runoff

Incumbents retain Burke County seats
There were few surprises in Burke County's elections Tuesday night, as two incumbent county commissioners defeated their challengers.

Media mogul, 81, dies

Two Georgia House races appear headed to runoffs
ATLANTA - John Barrow bested three competitors Tuesday night and will be the Democratic contender for the District 12 Congressional seat.

Struggle for tree in Chattanooga yields awareness

Isakson rolls to victory in GOP

Mother, son get no bond in scam

Across the area
Richmond County Schools Superintendent Charles Larke bailed his son out of jail Tuesday afternoon, three days after the 20-year-old was charged with breaking into vehicles and falsely reporting a stolen car.

Condo owners give away steeple of R.E.M.'s home

Rants and raves
A RANT TO the organizers of the First Friday each month. Please - can we have at least one, if not two, First Fridays a year for adults, no kids or dogs. Maybe even a Fourth of July fireworks display for adults, even, so the adults do not have to be subjected to barking dogs and screaming kids. But I am curious if other readers would like to see a "Mardi Gras" First Friday - adults wearing masks, beads - just having good, old-fashioned fun rather than having to worry about stepping in dog "stuff" or hearing kids cry.

Rants and raves
A RANT TO the organizers of the First Friday each month. Please - can we have at least one, if not two, First Fridays a year for adults, no kids or dogs. Maybe even a Fourth of July fireworks display for adults, even, so the adults do not have to be subjected to barking dogs and screaming kids. But I am curious if other readers would like to see a "Mardi Gras" First Friday - adults wearing masks, beads - just having good, old-fashioned fun rather than having to worry about stepping in dog "stuff" or hearing kids cry.

Lynx get no services after refusing to pay
The deficit-plagued Coliseum Authority has a message for the Augusta Lynx: No money, no spotlight or sound.

Superintendent says rise in taxes won't help enough

Walker prevails
Former state Senate Majority Leader Charles Walker defeated Ed Tarver in the Democratic primary race for the 22nd District state Senate seat in election returns Tuesday.

Lynx get no services after refusing to pay

Condo owners give away steeple of R.E.M.'s home
ATHENS, Ga. - Free to a good home: One piece of rock music history. 135 years old. Restoration needed. Serious offers only.

Kid of the day

Across the area
Phil Hadley eats lunch and surfs the Internet in his 1970 Volkswagen Westphalia while parked in the midstreet parking bays on Broad Street. "This is my bat cave" Mr. Hadley said Tuesday. "At my desk people give me work during my lunch, so I come down here to get away."

Swerving SUV flips on Bobby Jones, killing 1

Across Georgia
VIENNA - Authorities arrested a Crisp County man accused of killing his girlfriend, then trying to kill her mother.

Program teaches students business

Council continues 1-cent tax
AIKEN - The proposed extension of the 1-cent sales tax, with the wish list of paved roads, baseball fields and other capital improvements it might provide for Aiken County and its 10 cities, has been finalized.

Florida man reveals first election record

Law is aimed at aggressive dogs
A proposed addition to Athens-Clarke County's code of ordinances could be called "Georgia's law," after Amie Stasiak's beloved bulldog, Georgia, who was mauled to death by two dogs in her back yard March 12.

Sears leads in race that turned partisan

Fraud trial centers on company's ex-president
GREENVILLE, S.C. - Former Carolina Investors President Larry Owen's fate may hinge on whether jurors think he intentionally misled investors or was lied to by officers at the firm's parent company.

Across the area

Mother, son get no bond in scam
ALBANY, Ga. - A former volunteer at a senior citizens agency and her son, who are accused of bilking an elderly woman out of more than $1 million, were denied bond Tuesday.

Law is aimed at aggressive dogs

Florida man reveals first election record
COLUMBIA - Acey L. Edgemon sifted through boxes, looking for a car title in the Florida house his aunt bought "as is" in April.

Whitehead knocks Brush out of Senate

Program teaches students business
CHARLESTON, S.C. - It took 17 years, but a program to teach low-income students about entrepreneurship so they can carve a better future has finally arrived in South Carolina.

Whittle hangs on to sheriff position

Isakson rolls to victory in GOP
ATLANTA - Johnny Isakson, a veteran Georgia politician who took Newt Gingrich's seat in Congress, won the Republican nomination Tuesday to succeed Sen. Zell Miller, whose retirement has given the GOP an excellent opportunity to pick up a Senate seat in right-leaning Georgia.

Majette pulls away from crowded field

Swerving SUV flips on Bobby Jones, killing 1
A Tuesday morning crash involving a sport utility vehicle killed a south Georgia man on Bobby Jones Expressway, officials said.

Council continues 1-cent tax

Padgett's early lead persists
J. Wade Padgett amassed enough votes in Tuesday's primary to step up to the Columbia County Chief Magistrate position left open by the retirement of David Huguenin.

Two Georgia House races appear headed to runoffs

NAACP extends tourism sanctions
COLUMBIA, S.C. - The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People reaffirmed economic sanctions against South Carolina's tourism industry at its 95th Annual Convention in Philadelphia.

Jolly will take over for Pickett

Parents of band members struggle to raise money

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.

Atlanta adjusts attitude
ATLANTA - Born-again Braves?

'Mayor' Orlando Tobon adds one more title to his resume: movie star
NEW YORK -- In Jackson Heights, they call Orlando Tobon the "mayor of Little Colombia."

'Mayor' Orlando Tobon adds one more title to his resume: movie star

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

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.

New contest looks for best 'guitar face'

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

New contest looks for best 'guitar face'
NEW YORK -- The term might not be familiar, but the image definitely is - that look guitarists get when trying to nail a high note or power chord.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. released from hospital

Earnhardt should relax on his next weekend off
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Surely by now you've seen the replays of the crash in which Dale Earnhardt Jr. suffered burns Sunday at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif.

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.

Earnhardt should relax on his next weekend off

Mercury acquire forward Gwen Jackson

76ers trade Snow for Cleveland duo
PHILADELPHIA - With a big contract and without a starting spot, point guard Eric Snow became expendable in Philadelphia.

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.

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.

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

Sacramento signs longtime Jazz center Ostertag

Hawks have interest in free agent Dampier

Sacramento signs longtime Jazz center Ostertag
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Center Greg Ostertag signed with the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday, leaving the Utah Jazz after nine seasons.

The Big Jester: O'Neal kids around as he meets media in Miami

The Big Jester: O'Neal kids around as he meets media in Miami
MIAMI -- He was difficult to spot at first, when the semi-tractor trailer with the words "Diesel Power" on the side pulled up to the Miami Heat's arena.

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.

Divac gets a chance to fill center vacancy
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. - Vlade Divac has come full circle to rejoin the Los Angeles Lakers.

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.

76ers trade Snow for Cleveland duo

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.

Source: Divac headed back to Lakers

Court bars media from disclosing Bryant transcripts

Lady Jags sign nine recruits
Coming off a Division II Elite Eight appearance and a season-ending national ranking, Augusta State women's basketball coach Greg Wilson wanted to use that momentum for recruiting.

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.

George: Not ready to retire after 2004

Titans agree to terms with two seventh-round draft picks

Buccaneers sign wide receiver Schroeder

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

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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.

New tram opens in Athens ahead of Olympics

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.

For Iraqi Olympians, security worries just another hurdle on the road to the Olympics

American Olympians growing old gracefully

Athens port closed for Olympic security installations; protesters call it privacy invasion

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.

Athens port closed for Olympic security installations; protesters call it privacy invasion
ATHENS, Greece -- Athens' main port was sealed for two hours Tuesday to allow divers to install an underwater monitoring system as part of an Olympic security network that protesters contend is a privacy invasion.

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.

For Iraqi Olympians, security worries just another hurdle on the road to the Olympics
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Haidar Ali Lazem doesn't fear much on the mat. Iraq's Olympic hopeful in judo has won 13 championships and dreams of winning a medal at the Athens Games.

Young Americans bring fresh face to troubled sport

Back in yellow: Armstrong beats rivals in sprint to retake lead

Lance reclaims jersey

Gatti's on home turf for WBC 140-pound title defense

Moya aims for fifth title at Croatia Open

Riders learn to deal with dangers on and off road

Gatti's on home turf for WBC 140-pound title defense
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- When Arturo Gatti defends his WBC junior welterweight title Saturday against top-ranked challenger Leonard Dorin, he'll do so on familiar turf.

Moya aims for fifth title at Croatia Open
UMAG, Croatia -- Carlos Moya beat local wild card Roko Karanusic 6-4, 6-4 Tuesday to begin his bid for a third straight Croatia Open title and fifth overall.

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.

Lance reclaims jersey
VILLARD-DE-LANS, France - Lance Armstrong retook the overall lead in the Tour de France on Tuesday, outsprinting his top two challengers to win the first stage in the Alps and close in on a record sixth straight title.

Back in yellow: Armstrong beats rivals in sprint to retake lead
VILLARD-DE-LANS, France -- If Lance Armstrong was going to show any weakness, if he was going to let Ivan Basso or Jan Ullrich gain some confidence, it would happen Tuesday, it appeared.

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.

Buccaneers sign wide receiver Schroeder
TAMPA, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed wide receiver Bill Schroeder on Tuesday.

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.

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.

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.

Atlanta adjusts attitude

Fox News' use of 'Fair and Balanced' challenged legally
New york fox news' use of the slogan "fair and balanced" constitutes deceptive advertising, two political advocacy groups claimed Monday in a petition filed with the Federal Trade Commission.

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.

Baseball All-Star Game leads ratings pack in slow week for television

Fox News' use of 'Fair and Balanced' challenged legally

'American Idol' sets audition dates
Los angeles would-be american idols have a shot at auditioning for the hit fox series in eight u.s. cities starting next month, the network said.

Disney pins family channel hopes on former BBC executive

CBS executive: Network will resist Super Bowl fines

Baseball All-Star Game leads ratings pack in slow week for television
NEW YORK -- Baseball's All-Star Game, which barely beat out a "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" rerun to be the week's most popular television show, didn't do Fox many favors.

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."

'American Idol' sets audition dates

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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

Volunteers make impact at Forest Hills
H ead golf pros around the country would love to have the kind of membership support that Robby Watson enjoys at Augusta's Forest Hills Golf Club.

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.

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.

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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.

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

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?

Question of the week

Relationship with ex of friend is not issue

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

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Two American cultural titans share thoughts about the Bible