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.

Festival is chance for public to view, buy wares from black artists

Festival is chance for public to view, buy wares from black artists
An impromptu, free-style rap or an artist hawking his wares to passers-by on an Atlanta street corner is nothing new, but taken in context with the National Black Arts Festival, a series of programs and exhibits that continues in the city through Sunday, it's an unofficial celebration of a culture.

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.

Community theaters to go mainstream over edgy

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.

Stephen Sondheim returns to Studio 54 with 'Pacific Overtures'

Cinderella is perfect role for Royal Ballet's young star

Cubs edge out Reds

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

Orioles recall Williams from Triple-A Ottawa
BOSTON -- Baltimore purchased the contract of Todd Williams from Triple-A Ottawa on Wednesday and the right-hander was expected to join the Orioles in time for their game against the Boston Red Sox.

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.

Padres lift suspension of No. 1 draft pick
SAN DIEGO -- The Padres lifted the suspension of overall No. 1 draft pick Matt Bush, who was arrested last month and accused of assaulting a bouncer removing him from a bar.

Mets add Wright, option Wheeler, keep injured Piazza on roster
NEW YORK -- Third baseman David Wright arrived at Shea Stadium six hours before the New York Mets played Montreal on Wednesday night, about as excited as a 21-year-old ought to be after being called up to the major leagues.

Blue Jays say they are losing less money

Blue Jays say they are losing less money
TORONTO -- The Blue Jays say they are losing less money this season for owner Rogers Communications Inc. and could raise their payroll next season with or without Carlos Delgado.

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

Padres lift suspension of No. 1 draft pick

Orioles rock Royals

Cardinals take the fight to Cubs

Cubs edge out Reds
CHICAGO -- Booed after a pair of strikeouts, Sammy Sosa delivered an important home run and a much-needed win to the Cubs.

Jeter leaves game after being hit by pitch

Mets add Wright, option Wheeler, keep injured Piazza on roster

Orioles recall Williams from Triple-A Ottawa

Latest area births
Austin David Clem: David M. Clem Jr. and Lisa K. Garrard-Clem, of Martinez, announce the birth of a son, Austin David Clem, Tuesday, July 6, 2004, at Medical College of Georgia. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Eugene P. Cawley, of Blythe, Mr. and Mrs. David M. Clem Sr., of Martinez, Etta Mae Parker and Mike Bitetti, of Evans.

Latest area births

Odds and Ends
FORT CARSON, Colo. -- Officials at Fort Carson are mobilizing for a baby boom among the first soldiers who returned from Iraq earlier this year.

Assistant principal admits sending threatening letters to herself
PASADENA, Calif. -- An assistant high school principal was arrested for allegedly sending herself 39 threatening letters she claimed were from students.

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.

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

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.

Strong-arm by Benson hits Braves

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.

Strong-arm by Benson hits Braves
ATLANTA - If history is an indicator, Kris Benson's tenure in Pittsburgh is drawing to a close.

Atlanta looks to shore up inconsistent bullpen

Atlanta looks to shore up inconsistent bullpen
ATLANTA - With the bullpen plagued by inconsistency, the Atlanta Braves are likely to acquire at least one veteran reliever, possibly two, before the July 31 trading deadline.

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.

Oracle, Justice Department present closing arguments in pivotal trial

Business briefs

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

Business briefs

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.

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.

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.

Greenspan says Fed must be wary of inflation despite economy's 'soft patch'

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.

Eckerd to lay off 1,400 Florida headquarters workers

Windows open new business for contractor

Venture-backed companies fare better than venture capitalists

Buyers shoot for ranges
Whacking golf balls may be more fun, but turning a driving range into a shopping center is more profitable.

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 briefs
Tourist spending during the Augusta Southern Nationals was the driving force behind an estimated economic impact of $1.3 million during July 12-19.

GM earns $1.3 billion in second quarter

Grocer blocks gays from discrimination
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The recent decision by grocery chain Winn-Dixie Stores Inc. to amend its nondiscrimination policy to include protection for gay and lesbian workers was met by cheers from groups advocating civil and human rights. It's the latest in a growing number of corporations to make such a change.

Buyers shoot for ranges

Cash-rich Microsoft to pay as much as $75 billion to shareholders through dividends, buybacks
SEATTLE -- Bowing to pressure after years of enormous profits but a stagnating stock price, Microsoft Corp. is dipping into its substantial cash reserves with plans to return as much as $75 billion to shareholders through a combination of dividends and stock buybacks.

Panera Bread to add two dozen new sites in three states

Delta chief executive says pilot wage cut a good start, but more needed
ATLANTA -- The chief executive of struggling Delta Air Lines told the pilots union Wednesday that its latest wage concession proposal to save up to $705 million a year is a good start, but doesn't go far enough.

Grocer blocks gays from discrimination

Greenspan says Fed may increase interest rates faster if inflation worsens

AT&T Wireless profits decline 73 percent in the second quarter as price wars continue

Ford posts profit of $1.2 billion in second quarter

Showdown over expensing stock options comes to House floor

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.

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.

Eckerd to lay off 1,400 Florida headquarters workers
LARGO, Fla. -- Eckerd Corp. plans to lay off about 1,400 management and support workers at its Florida headquarters starting next month, as the pharmacy chain prepares to change owners.

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.

AT&T Wireless profits decline 73 percent in the second quarter as price wars continue
NEW YORK -- AT&T Wireless Services Inc.'s earnings declined 73 percent in the second quarter from a year ago as industry price wars drove down the average revenue from each customer while the company's expenses increased.

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.

Panera Bread to add two dozen new sites in three states
ST. LOUIS -- Convinced low-carb dieters still will desire bread, retail bakery and cafe Panera Bread Co. said Wednesday it has reached development deals involving more than two dozen planned eateries in three states.

Oracle, Justice Department present closing arguments in pivotal trial
SAN FRANCISCO -- Delivering the final blows in an often-dramatic legal battle, Oracle Corp. and the Justice Department summed up their cases Tuesday in a trial challenging the software maker's $7.7 billion takeover bid for rival PeopleSoft Inc.

Cash-rich Microsoft to pay as much as $75 billion to shareholders through dividends, buybacks

Greenspan says Fed must be wary of inflation despite economy's 'soft patch'
WASHINGTON -- Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said Wednesday that President Bush's three rounds of tax cuts prevented a severe recession and helped spark the current economic recovery.

GM earns $1.3 billion in second quarter
DETROIT -- General Motors Corp.'s second-quarter profit rose 49 percent, boosted largely by record earnings at its financial services arm but offset by continued losses on the automotive side in Europe.

Delta chief executive says pilot wage cut a good start, but more needed

Cellular companies reach deal to become more accountable to customers
NEW YORK -- Three of the nation's largest cellular phone companies reached a deal with 32 states that requires them to be more upfront with customers in their advertisements and service plans.

Assistant coaches lead Tigers' turnaround
CLEMSON, S.C. - Even in the darkest days last fall, Clemson offensive coordinator Mike O'Cain never saw the staff lose hope for the ultimate Tigers' turnaround.

Assistant coaches lead Tigers' turnaround

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.

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.

Former Grambling coach struggling with Alzheimer's

Former Grambling coach struggling with Alzheimer's
GRAMBLING, La. -- Eddie Robinson, college football's winningest coach, has Alzheimer's, his wife said.

Gators suspend Crowder, Herring for season opener

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

Lady Jags sign nine recruits

Volunteers make impact at Forest Hills

'Girlie-men' insults

'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."

Just not enough spots
Months ago, we pined for an extra two U.S. Senate seats for Georgia. That's how much we thought of Johnny Isakson, Mac Collins and Herman Cain. If only there were a way to accommodate each of the men who were vying in the Republican primary to succeed outgoing Sen. Zell Miller.

Aggravated Berglery

Linda, you're no good

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?

Just not enough spots

Why revive Walker?
Whether we agree with them or not, we generally congratulate election winners on their campaigns and wish them well in the next stage of their public service careers. After all, if they succeed we all succeed. Generally speaking.

Why revive Walker?

Linda, you're no good
Before you cast your vote for president in November, are you going to consult Barbra Streisand, Whoopi Goldberg or the Dixie Chicks to help you make an informed decision?

P. Diddy launches initiative to get out minority, youth vote for presidential election
NEW YORK -- Trendsetters, fashionistas, rappers - P. Diddy wants you.

Playground keeps audience covered
The Playground, 873 Broad St., has undergone a significant face-lift.

Mary-Kate Olsen to return home soon, her publicist says
NEW YORK -- After six weeks at a treatment facility for a health-related issue, Mary-Kate Olsen, the brunette half of the Olsen twins, is "doing well" and her fans can "expect her to return home soon," her publicist, Michael Pagnotta, said Tuesday.

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.

Cosmic laughs
Tim Rickard wants to make you laugh at warp speed.

Applause calendar
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Britney Spears' fiance is a father for second time
LOS ANGELES -- Britney Spears' fiance is a father for a second time.

Stuff to do
Augusta band Daze of Haze will take a very public shot at fame, performing a showcase set at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Imperial Theatre, 745 Broad St., for Los Angeles-based music manager Karen Tobey. Joining the band on stage will be actress/musician Chelsea Brummet, best known as a cast member on the Nickelodeon sketch comedy series All That. Admission to the performance is free.

People in the News
CARRBORO, N.C. -- A popular fan magazine and Web site devoted to Bruce Springsteen soon will be based in North Carolina.

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

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.

Ronstadt says she'll continue praising Moore
LOS ANGELES -- Linda Ronstadt said she'll continue to praise Michael Moore and his film "Fahrenheit 9/11" on stage despite an angry reaction at a Las Vegas concert.

Stocks sink on semiconductor weakness, disappointment in profit outlooks

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.

Congress agrees to keep some tax cuts for two more years
WASHINGTON -- House and Senate negotiators have agreed to extend for two more years President Bush's tax cuts for wage earners, parents and married couples.

Stocks higher on Greenspan comments

Stocks sink on semiconductor weakness, disappointment in profit outlooks
NEW YORK -- Stocks plunged Wednesday as weakness in the semiconductor industry and mixed earnings news offset cheer over Microsoft Corp.'s decision to share upwards of $75 billion of its cash reserves with investors. The tech-heavy Nasdaq composite index sank more than 2 percent to its lowest close in nine months, and the Dow Jones industrials lost 100 points.

Baked beans are summer's favorite barbecue side dish

Chicken kebabs Over fruited couscous

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.

Small portions

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.

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.

Peach and berry almond cobbler

Grubbin'
THE EATERY: Broad Street Market, 1282 Broad St.

Crab and avocado salad

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.

Oven-roasted halibut with herb citrus vinaigrette

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

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.

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).

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.

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.

Jackets break Bombers' spell
When a starting pitcher's line reads six innings, two hits and no runs allowed, you often find a 'W' next to his name.

Unlikely British Open champion welcomed back to Texas
GRAPEVINE, Texas -- Displaying the calm demeanor that helped him to a British Open championship, Todd Hamilton arrived home Wednesday for a Texas-sized celebration.

Jet-lagged Perry back to defend

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.

Back to the PGA Tour after chasing claret jug

Back to the PGA Tour after chasing claret jug
MILWAUKEE -- Still yawning and a bit bleary-eyed, defending champion Kenny Perry tried to adjust his golf game Wednesday during practice at the U.S. Bank Championship.

Unlikely British Open champion welcomed back to Texas

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.

Davies has early lead over players at Evian
EVIAN, France - Laura Davies shot 8-under-par 64 on Wednesday to lead Annika Sorenstam and two others by two strokes after the Evian Masters' opening round.

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

Injuries hinder Watson at Open
PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland - When Tom Watson won the Senior British Open for the first time a year ago, he was the favorite going to Turnberry.

Jet-lagged Perry back to defend
MILWAUKEE - Still yawning and a bit bleary-eyed, defending champion Kenny Perry tried to adjust his golf game Wednesday during a practice round at the U.S. Bank Championship.

Does Hamilton belong on Ryder Cup team?

Moore has plans to stay in school

Jackets can't climb back

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 presents six economic concepts to NHLPA during negotiations

Bruins re-sign veteran defenseman

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.

NHL presents six economic concepts to NHLPA during negotiations
NEW YORK -- The NHL and the players' association had their longest negotiating session in nine months on Wednesday, and the league presented six possible concepts for a new economic system.

Bruins re-sign veteran defenseman
BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins re-signed defenseman Hal Gill to a one-year contract on Wednesday, avoiding arbitration with the seven-year NHL veteran.

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.

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.

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

SRS article left questions unanswered
The recent article on the Department of Energy's ongoing plutonium and nuclear waste "shell game" ("Waste could end up at SRS," July 7) was full of disturbing and confusing double-talk. Sara Barczak Savannah

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

High-court editorial is absurd, laughable
Your July 6 editorial "Justices at war" is so ludicrous as to be laughable. Perhaps laughing would be appropriate, but for the alarming opinion you are expressing - one that is undermining the very foundation of our democratic government. Alan Roberts Augusta

Holy matrimony is in a state of decay
The institution of holy matrimony in this nation is becoming as meaningless as an occasional blind date, and as devoted and dedicated as one night of lustful intimacy at a local motel. Douglas Neal Sr. Augusta

New plan needed for disruptive pupils

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

SRS article left questions unanswered

Suicide risk highest at start of drug treatment, study says

One-tank trip: Locals' perspective of Atlanta turns up new activities

Style Briefs

Life's a beach for Jams family

Family Briefs

Road trip

Vaccine treatment slowed memory slide in Alzheimer's, study suggests

Cholesterol drugs safe in kids with inherited condition, study says

Wineries continuing to sprout up in New York state

Vaccine treatment slowed memory slide in Alzheimer's, study suggests
An experimental vaccine for Alzheimer's disease slowed memory decline somewhat even though the research was stopped before the full treatment could be administered, a study suggests.

One-tank trip: Locals' perspective of Atlanta turns up new activities
Because Atlanta is just a 2-hour drive away, many Augustans think they know all the capital city has to offer.

Family Briefs
NEW YORK -- People aren't the only ones who love summer's warm weather. Mosquitos, the season's most prevalent insect, love the high temperatures and humidity.

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.

'Pokemon' seizures didn't make later seizures more likely
NEW ORLEANS -- Japanese children who had seizures during a "Pokemon" cartoon in 1997 have generally not had another one unless they already had epilepsy, researchers say.

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.

Style Briefs
NEW YORK -- Want the story on new T-shirts featuring vintage Looney Tunes characters? Go to Scoop - or the retailer's Web site.

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

Roadside attraction: Cartersville museum shoots to please with Old West art
There are, as it turns out, cowboys in Cartersville, Ga.

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.

Road trip
The Columbia Museum of Art opens an exhibition of photographs Friday by famed underground chronicler John Cohen. During the 1950s and '60s, Mr. Cohen photographed many of the personalities that brought the Beat culture to life.

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.

Struggle for tree in Chattanooga yields awareness

Majette pulls away from crowded field

Dealers get long sentences

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.

Swerving SUV flips on Bobby Jones, killing 1

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.

Rants and raves
IF PRO-LIFE IS the mantra of American conservatism, then why are our government and business leaders pouring billions of dollars annually into China, which systematically and routinely practices abortion to sustain the ratio of males to females?

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.

Parents of band members struggle to raise money

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.

Across the area

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.

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.

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

Hydrogen laboratory project picks up steam

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.

Nightclub manager is accused of abuse
An Augusta nightclub manager has been charged with providing an underage woman with alcohol and faces a court hearing after she alleged that he inappropriately touched her, officials said Wednesday.

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.

Across Georgia

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.

Two Georgia House races appear headed to runoffs

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.

Law is aimed at aggressive dogs

Parents of band members struggle to raise money
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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.

Lynx get no services after refusing to pay

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.

Volunteer loss hurts squad

Across the Southeast
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A supplier for KFC fired 11 workers Wednesday, a day after an animal rights group released video of workers kicking, stomping and smashing birds against walls at a West Virginia processing plant.

Across Georgia

Shutout victory
With a score of 6-0, the Augusta-Richmond County Continental Division Florida Marlins won the 2004 Parks and Recreation Championship at Diamond Lakes on July 16. The players are Austin Beasley (bottom row from left), Jonathan Gulifoyle, Tyler Seim, Brandon James, Brandon Sconyers, Cory Mayton, William Krepps, Darron Black (top row from left), Jessie Fowler, Glen Wright, Jonathan Kitchens and Justin Chase. The team's head coach is Bobby Chase (top, from left), and the assistant coaches are Bo Fowler and Rickey Mayton. Richard Krepps (top row, right) gave the team space to practice.

Whitehead knocks Brush out of Senate

Teacher faces inquiry over test
A first-grade teacher at Riverside Elementary School might have helped pupils on a standardized test, school officials said Wednesday.

Dozens of parolees go to jail
It sounds like a scene out of a Western.

Panel OKs November tax vote
Augusta Commission members agreed Wednesday to let voters give their two cents' worth on a countywide 1-cent special purpose sales tax in the November general election.

Dealers get long sentences
Augusta brothers accused of peddling crack for years in city neighborhoods received long prison sentences Wednesday.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue named Brig. Gen. Scott A. Hammond the commander of the Georgia Air National Guard on Tuesday.

Polls' word choice differs

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

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.

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.

Polls' word choice differs
Columbia County Democrats and Republicans clashed over whether to add foreign language instruction in public elementary schools in Tuesday's primary.

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.

Two winners divide state before runoff
ATLANTA - The Aug. 10 runoff election in the U.S. Senate Democratic primary is shaping up to be the battle of two Georgias.

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

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - A panel of judges has ruled that the Revenue Department cannot issue permits allowing stores in Greenville to sell beer and wine on Sundays.

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.

Volunteer loss hurts squad
BELVEDERE - The only volunteer rescue squad that doesn't charge a fee for its services is using a camera to pull the heartstrings of fathers and mothers to raise money.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

Jolly will take over for Pickett

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.

Council continues 1-cent tax

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.

Whittle hangs on to sheriff position

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.

Across the area

Survey backs hunting

Sears leads in race that turned partisan

Across the area

Program teaches students business

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.

Kid of the day

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.

Superintendent says rise in taxes won't help enough

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.

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

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.

Mother, son get no bond in scam

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.

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

4 scam convictions erased

Panel OKs November tax vote

Police find missing Alzheimer's patient
Richmond County sheriff's deputies were trying to determine why an elderly woman with Alzheimer's disease wandered away from her personal care home in south Richmond County on Wednesday.

Rants and raves
IF PRO-LIFE IS the mantra of American conservatism, then why are our government and business leaders pouring billions of dollars annually into China, which systematically and routinely practices abortion to sustain the ratio of males to females?

News you can use
JULY 22, 1943 The filling of city reservoirs during the last few days has made little progress, Ernest E. Pund, city engineer and commissioner of public works, said yesterday. Mr. Pund stated he has come to the conclusion that "we can pump just about enough water to meet essential demands," due to the increase in population in the last year and a half. He admitted that he frankly didn't know what to do, that the city had gained a million gallons over the weekend but that "we can't wait for a month of Sundays to fill up these reservoirs."

Virus is found in blue jay

Back to the source
Why depend on a textbook to teach the civil rights movement when there are local people who lived through it?

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

Kid of the day

Tech class to be added
The Richmond County Board of Education is joining an increasing number of school districts that offer advanced placement courses in computer science.

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.

Dozens of parolees go to jail

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.

Six deny guilt in sexual assault cases

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.

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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.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Lauren A. Genova, 12, of Augusta.

Survey backs hunting
SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. - Most Georgians say hunting is the best means to control expanding deer herds in rapidly developing suburban communities, according to a new survey commissioned by Georgia's Wildlife Resources Division.

Water park to open for post's families
COLUMBIA - Fort Jackson recruits, who do endless push-ups and run countless miles, now have a place to relax and cool off.

NAACP extends tourism sanctions

4 scam convictions erased
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Four men convicted for roles in a $12.5 million McDonald's game scam have had their sentences reversed by a federal appeals court.

Isakson rolls to victory in GOP

Across the area
The condition of a man who survived a wreck that killed another person Tuesday has improved, officials said Wednesday.

Fraud trial centers on company's ex-president

GOP newcomer hopes to block McKinney's bid
ATLANTA - Catherine Davis' phone didn't ring much after she announced she was running for Congress. After all, she is a Republican in a heavily Democratic district, and six well-known Democrats were running for the open seat in Atlanta's eastern suburbs.

Senate hopeful avoids runoff

Around town
Artist Ben Roark sits below some examples of his and other artists' work at Uncle Ben's Studio and Gallery at 218 Eighth St. Mr. Roark says he has been painting since he was 7 years old. "Painting is like a tranquilizer," Mr. Roark said.

Partisanship invades Supreme Court race

Six deny guilt in sexual assault cases
Four men and two teens from Columbia County pleaded not guilty to sexual assault charges Wednesday at separate arraignment hearings.

Two winners divide state before runoff

Hydrogen laboratory project picks up steam
AIKEN - Aiken County's entrance into the highly touted but unproven hydrogen business is starting to take shape.

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Virus is found in blue jay
West Nile virus is back in South Carolina after health officials announced Wednesday that a dead bird had tested positive for the mosquito-borne scourge.

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.

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.

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

Problem delays tally of ballots
Vote counting for Tuesday's primary would have gone much faster if not for a malfunction in eight machines at the Bernie Ward Community Center, officials said Wednesday.

Atlanta adjusts attitude
ATLANTA - Born-again Braves?

At the Movies: 'The Bourne Supremacy'

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

'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."

Pub patrons serve up flat spoof with 'Strangeheart'
Strangeheart is the stuff of legends.

Mini reviews

Mini reviews
Movies are listed with theater locations through Wednesday. Reviews without star ratings are from critics other than Roger Ebert. Listings are subject to change. Call theaters for times.

New on video and DVD

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

At the Movies: 'The Bourne Supremacy'
Jason Bourne's fans will have no trouble remembering who he is, even if he can't.

At the Movies: 'Catwoman'
If the "Spider-Man" movies represent all that can be wondrous and inspiring in a comic book adaptation, "Catwoman" is the absolute opposite.

At the Movies: 'Catwoman'

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.

Hives buzzes into slump on 'Tyrannosaurus'
I have a confession to make: I couldn't care less about most garage punk.

Guitarist has kept his life in harmony
For George Gordon Jr., hauling electric guitars and amplifier through the front doors of Augusta's many nightclubs exemplified what it meant to be a struggling musician.

Jazz trombonist stays busy with gigs, fifth-graders, course work at Juilliard

Concert calendar

Guitarist has kept his life in harmony

Hot Ticket
THE ACT: The Dave Matthews Band, 7 p.m., Tuesday.

10 years of warping young minds

10 years of warping young minds
For ten years, the Vans Warped Tour has traveled low and fast, depending on strong word-of-mouth, an adherence to its original formula and bang-for-buck ticket pricing ($25) to succeed, while all around it other Lollapa-losers struggle. This year's traveling festival will include extreme-sport presentations, vendor tents, hands-on technology demonstrations and a parent day-care facility, for moms and dads uncomfortable with the idea of a mosh pit. But, as in years past, the real attraction is the music. Here's a rundown of some of the acts scheduled to play:

Sonic Spotlight

Concert calendar
KENNY CHESNEY, RASCAL FLATTS, UNCLE KRACKER: 7:30 p.m. Friday, HiFi Buys Amphitheatre, Atlanta

Hives buzzes into slump on 'Tyrannosaurus'

New contest looks for best 'guitar face'

Top 20 Concert Tours
The Top 20 Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows in North America. The previous week's ranking is in parentheses. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers.

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.

Jazz trombonist stays busy with gigs, fifth-graders, course work at Juilliard
So far, the year has been sounding good to Michael Dease.

Sonic Spotlight
The sonic spotlight is on Jim Jewell, 76, of Grovetown.

Earnhardt gets green light after fiery scare
ATLANTA - Video of flames engulfing Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s head and torso after a practice-lap crash last weekend at Infineon Raceway showed every race-car driver's biggest fear.

Earnhardt should relax on his next weekend off

Caution rule goes flat

Kasey Kahne's relatives are his biggest fans

Caution rule goes flat
ATLANTA - Gentleman, start your strategizing.

Earnhardt gets green light after fiery scare

Kasey Kahne's relatives are his biggest fans
SONOMA, Calif. -- If you call Kasey Kahne's fan club, his mom answers the phone. If you look up his spotter on a race weekend, you'll find his cousin. His dad advises him on what to do with all that money he's earning.

Love of racing fuels Earnhardt's life, career

NASCAR newsmaker Chad Knaus

Love of racing fuels Earnhardt's life, career
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Dale Earnhardt Jr. spends most of his time scrunched inside the cockpit of a stock car, on a high-speed chase for a NASCAR Nextel Cup championship.

NASCAR newsmaker Chad Knaus
Car owner Rick Hendrick perfectly matched Chad Knaus (above) and Jimmie Johnson three years ago. Knaus, one of the original "Rainbow Warrior" crew members for Jeff Gordon's team in the 1990s, was a rookie crew chief, and Johnson was a rookie driver.

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.

Source says Rasheed Wallace agrees to return to Detroit
DETROIT -- Rasheed Wallace helped transform the Detroit Pistons from contenders to NBA champions last month. Now, he's coming back for more.

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

Foot woes make MacCulloch nowhere near ready to play

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

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.

76ers trade Snow for Cleveland duo

Pistons sign Dupree to two-year deal
DETROIT -- Ronald Dupree signed a two-year contract with the NBA champion Detroit Pistons on Wednesday.

Source says Rasheed Wallace agrees to return to Detroit

Pistons sign Dupree to two-year deal

Sacramento signs longtime Jazz center Ostertag

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

Attorneys for former NBA star claim retrial would represent double jeopardy
NEWARK, N.J. -- Jayson Williams' lawyers say the former NBA star should not be retried for the shooting of a hired driver because it would violate his constitutional protection against being tried twice for the same offense.

Foot woes make MacCulloch nowhere near ready to play
PHILADELPHIA -- Todd MacCulloch's mysterious foot disorder has cost him the last 1 1/2 seasons with Philadelphia. A comeback doesn't seem likely.

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.

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.

NCAA grants Jackson another year of eligibility
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- College of Charleston forward Bernard Jackson, who missed two seasons with knee injuries, was granted another year of eligibility by the NCAA's Student-Athlete Reinstatement Committee, the school said Wednesday.

Titans sever ties with star George

Buccaneers sign wide receiver Schroeder

Titans release all-time leading rusher

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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.

Special forces asked to serve
ATHENS, Greece - Responding to a request from Greece, the United States committed 400 American special forces soldiers to help protect the Olympics, a U.S. counterterrorism official said Wednesday, as security costs for the games swelled to a record-breaking $1.5 billion.

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.

Special forces asked to serve

More than half of Olympic tickets unsold

S.C. runners, coach looking only for gold in Athens

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

More than half of Olympic tickets unsold
ATHENS, Greece -- Tickets! Tickets! Get your Olympic tickets!

S.C. runners, coach looking only for gold in Athens
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina athletes going to the Olympics in Athens next month expect to bring home more than memories. They are searching for gold.

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

Lance reclaims jersey

Flyers are off to Des Moines

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

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

Ali's daughter to fight on Tyson undercard

Moya aims for fifth title at Croatia Open

Armstrong aces Alps' time trials

Flyers are off to Des Moines
Several of Augusta's fastest, strongest and highest-jumping youth will travel to Iowa to compete in the Amateur Athletic Union's Junior Olympics. The track and field competition will be held Aug. 2-7.

Armstrong aces Alps' time trials
L'ALPE D'HUEZ, France - Riding through a frenzied sea of fans, Lance Armstrong dominated his rivals Wednesday and extended his overall lead in the Tour de France by winning a time trial high in the Alps.

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.

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.

Ali's daughter to fight on Tyson undercard
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Laila Ali will defend her WIBA heavyweight title on the undercard of Mike Tyson's bout July 31 against Danny Williams.

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.

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.

Williams wins in court return
CARSON, Calif. - Serena Williams defeated Eleni Daniilidou 6-1, 7-6 (3) on Wednesday at the JPMorgan Chase Open in her first match since losing the Wimbledon final.

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

Titans release all-time leading rusher
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Eddie George's career with the Tennessee Titans is over.

Titans sever ties with star George
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Eddie George's career with the Tennessee Titans is over.

Europe's raves far cry from James Brown's Toccoa days

Europe's raves far cry from James Brown's Toccoa days
It was 55 years ago this summer that James Brown broke into a car on upper Broad Street and was caught.

Atlanta adjusts attitude

'American Idol' sets audition dates

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.

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.

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.

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

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Ronstadt says she'll continue praising Moore

Britney Spears' fiance is a father for second time

College is parents' nightmare, Hollywood's dream
Sometime around mid-July, a panic that transcends all strata of society overtakes particular parents. Like a black cloud stealing across the face of the sun, one thought begins to occupy the proud parents of recent high school grads.

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.

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