Carlos Ruiz Zafon talks about writing, life and the ghosts of Barcelona
Carlos Ruiz Zafon talks about writing, life and the ghosts of Barcelona

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Carlos Ruiz Zafon talks about writing, life and the ghosts of Barcelona

Arts calendar

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.

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

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.

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.

Orioles recall Williams from Triple-A Ottawa

Padres lift suspension of No. 1 draft pick

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

Cubs edge out Reds

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.

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.

Ordonez sent home with sore knee

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.

Ordonez sent home with sore knee
CLEVELAND -- Right fielder Magglio Ordonez was sent back to Chicago for tests on his left knee, still sore nearly two months after the White Sox star had surgery.

Padres end Giants' streak
SAN FRANCISCO -- Jason Schmidt's 12-game winning streak ended with a dud.

Padres end Giants' streak

ASU's blocked entrance sign could use a makeover

Latest area births

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.

San Francisco man who fought and shot burglar jailed on suspicion of assault
SAN FRANCISCO -- A man who wrestled a burglar's gun away and shot him with it as he fled has been jailed on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon.

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.

Odds and Ends
SAN FRANCISCO -- Don is giving up a life if crime, drugs and booze, and giving back to the community - the art community.

British couple convicted of using dogs to smuggle cocaine from Colombia
LONDON -- A British man and woman face lengthy prison sentences after being convicted Wednesday of trying to smuggle more than two pounds of cocaine in the stomachs of two dogs.

Teen trying to 'divorce' his father
CANTON, Mass. -- Except for some photos, 14-year-old Patrick Holland has nothing to remember his murdered mother by - not even the "Best Mom" and "1 Mom" charms he once gave her.

Atlanta looks to shore up inconsistent bullpen

Strong-arm by Benson hits Braves

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.

Ortiz a victory shy of milestone
ATLANTA - Russ Ortiz just hoped for an opportunity to reach 100 pitching wins when he broke into the major leagues six years ago.

Braves move back to the top
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Braves might as well stop scoreboard watching.

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

Ortiz a victory shy of milestone

Vogtle officials back new nuclear interest
The millions of thumbnail-size uranium pellets crammed into fuel rods are about the only thing diminutive about Vogtle Nuclear Power Plant near Waynesboro, Ga.

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.

Weekly jobless claims dip by 11,000 as labor market flashes further signals of improvement

GM earns $1.3 billion in second quarter

Area's jobless rate increases to 5.7 percent
Jobless figures for the Augusta-Aiken metro area, which are tracked monthly and lag national figures by about a month, increased almost a full percentage point to 5.7 percent during June.

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.

Vogtle officials back new nuclear interest

Business briefs

Panera Bread to add two dozen new sites in three states

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

Eckerd to lay off 1,400 Florida headquarters workers

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

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

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

Rates on 30-year mortgages fall below 6 percent level

Oracle, Justice Department present closing arguments in pivotal trial

Leading economic indicators decline in June
WASHINGTON -- A closely watched gauge of future economic activity declined last month for the first time in more than a year, falling short of analysts' expectations.

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

Rates on 30-year mortgages fall below 6 percent level
WASHINGTON -- In good news for home buyers, rates on 30-year mortgages fell below 6 percent this week for the first time in three months, although economists said they don't expect rates to stay there for long.

Area's jobless rate increases to 5.7 percent

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.

Coors and Molson announce plans to merge
DENVER -- Adolph Coors Co., the third biggest U.S. brewer, and Canadian brewer Molson Inc. announced plans to merge Thursday in a deal to create a North American brewing giant to compete against the world's beermaking titans.

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.

Weekly jobless claims dip by 11,000 as labor market flashes further signals of improvement
Weekly jobless claims dip by 11,000 as labor market flashes further signals of improvement

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.

Business briefs
ATLANTA - Shipping giant UPS Inc. reported an 18 percent jump in quarterly profit Thursday. UPS said it earned $818 million, or 72 cents a share, for the three months ended June 30, compared with a profit of $692 million, or 61 cents a share, in the year-ago period.

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.

Cellular phone companies reach deal to become more accountable to customers

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.

Coors and Molson announce plans to merge

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.

Grocer blocks gays from discrimination

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.

Buyers shoot for ranges

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.

Business briefs

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.

Cellular phone companies reach deal to become more accountable to customers
NEW YORK -- Three of the nation's largest cellular phone companies have 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

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

As expected, FAMU stripped of 11 conference titles, let back in MEAC
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference followed through with its proposed punishment against Florida A&M for 196 NCAA rule violations, and stripped the Rattlers of 11 conference titles, including two in football.

Former Grambling coach struggling with Alzheimer's

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.

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?

Why revive Walker?

Peek at Augusta's future?

Good news drowned out
Although the 112,000 new jobs generated last month was below expectations, and interest rates were recently pushed up, the U.S. economy appears to be still on track for a banner year.

Just not enough spots

Good news drowned out

Linda, you're no good

Peek at Augusta's future?
One dragon down, a whole lot more to go.

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.

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

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.

Radio chain sues Howard Stern's distributor
NEW YORK -- Clear Channel Communications, the nation's largest chain of radio stations, sued Howard Stern's distributor Wednesday for $3 million, accusing the shock jock of refusing to heed federal indecency rules.

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

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

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.

Jessica Simpson's shawl on MTV: just the tip of Argentina's fashion boom
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- When pop star Jessica Simpson snapped up a striking hand-knit shawl while shopping in Manhattan, she didn't realize she was playing a bit part in Argentina's fashion boom.

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

Actors guild selling foreclosed films to pay actor residuals
LOS ANGELES -- The Screen Actors Guild is selling the rights to seven small films in an effort to recover more than $400,000 in residuals owed to actors such as Christopher Plummer and David Bowie.

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.

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

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.

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.

From brash pioneer to corporate bellwether, investors see Microsoft in new light
NEW YORK -- Who is the average Microsoft Corp. investor? Is it one of the company's many millionaire employees? A caffeine-and-adrenaline riddled day-trader? A major institution like Morgan Stanley or Goldman Sachs?

Bargains help boost tepid stock market
NEW YORK - A spate of bargain-hunting boosted a sluggish market in late trading Thursday, pulling the Dow Jones industrial average back from below the 10,000 mark. But the buying seemed to lack conviction as investors remained worried about the economy's health.

From brash pioneer to corporate bellwether, investors see Microsoft in new light

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 sink on semiconductor weakness, disappointment in profit outlooks

House passes bills to preserve business tax benefit, simplify individual taxes
WASHINGTON -- The House voted Wednesday to preserve a tax benefit for small business investments, while also easing tax complications for some businesses and individuals.

Flounder catches are rare sight
David Aceveda was shocked when he caught a big flounder while fishing for striped bass with guide Jim Murphy on a trip to the Savannah River below the New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam.

Barracuda lands on boat, bites fisher
SAVANNAH, Ga. - A 65-year-old man was injured Wednesday morning in a boat off the Georgia coast when he was bit by a 30-pound barracuda that leaped from the water onto his lap.

Fishing tournment news
Sponsoring a bass, crappie, catfish or other fishing tournament? Mail or fax your flyer or information to Fishing Editor, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, Ga. 30903-1928. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. Tournament reports must include first and last names of the participants, total numbers of fish and total weight of the catch.

Fishing tournment news

Flounder catches are rare sight

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

Aeration benefits compact soil with better air, water flow
Soil compaction can be a problem for many homeowners who try to grow a beautiful lawn.

Aeration benefits compact soil with better air, water flow

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.

GreenJackets get best of Bombers' duds
The Capital City Bombers have gotten the best of Augusta for most of this season.

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.

Back to the PGA Tour after chasing 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

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.

Local teen lives a summer dream
Michael Green Jr. is having one of those summers junior golfers only dream about.

Local teen lives a summer dream

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.

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.

Unlikely British Open champion welcomed back to Texas

GreenJackets get best of Bombers' duds

Coyotes name Fuhr as assistant
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Phoenix Coyotes hired Hall of Fame goaltender Grant Fuhr to coach goaltenders on Thursday.

Bruins re-sign veteran defenseman

NHL presents six economic concepts to NHLPA during negotiations

Predators sign defenseman, four forwards
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Nashville Predators agreed to terms with veteran defenseman Jamie Allison and forward Jeremy Stevenson on Thursday.

Star-studded panel discusses rules changes

Predators sign defenseman, four forwards

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.

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.

Star-studded panel discusses rules changes
NEW YORK -- Whenever the NHL resumes play, plenty of hockey experts have plenty of suggestions on how to increase offense in the game.

ASU's blocked entrance sign could use a makeover
Something I read suggested you maintain mental alertness by avoiding routine.

Army identifies soldier killed in tower collapse
Fort Gordon officials have identified the soldier who died Tuesday night from injuries sustained when a ceremonial tower collapsed, according to a news release issued this morning.

SRS article left questions unanswered

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

Goose-steppers are out of step

Passenger swears off local airport

Pupils need Larke's money more
Even with a 25-percent reduction, Richmond County School Superintendent Charles Larke's pay is exorbitant. For sure, Richmond County schools have improved under his leadership, but there is no reason that he or anyone in that position should be paid that kind of money. J.T. Batson Stanford, Calif.

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

Pupils need Larke's money more

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

Goose-steppers are out of step
Since the movie Fahrenheit 911, a lot of goose-stepping has surfaced. They call themselves loyal Americans. These goose-steppers are quick to trash, judge, condemn and crucify those they call liberals and accuse them of committing acts of treason. Chandler S. Vincent Aiken, S.C.

Passenger swears off local airport
In a recent story - "Late customers receive little aid," July 5 - Airport Director Buster Boshears said the situation involving late-night airline passengers inconvenienced at Augusta Regional Airport was "an isolated incident and that flight cancellations are airline, not airport, issues." Rosemary Forrest Augusta

Road trip

Style Briefs

Family Briefs

Parents, scholars reconsider technology for youngsters

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

Mow power

Clogged shower head? Try vinegar

The Winners Circle

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

Caring for conjoined twins who await still more surgery a challenge to specialist caregivers

Home milk delivery making a small, but growing comeback

Good insulation is like money in the bank

Caring for conjoined twins who await still more surgery a challenge to specialist caregivers
NEW YORK -- Kim Serraro's job is to help sick kids cope with the stress of hospitals. And among her most fragile charges are Carl and Clarence Aguirre - 2-year-old boys from the Philippines connected at the tops of their heads.

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.

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

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

'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.

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.

Mow power
Why walk when you can ride? And when you can ride, why not do it in style?

Parents, scholars reconsider technology for youngsters
NEW YORK -- Amanda Cunningham started her daughter on computers at 2 1/2 with "Reader Rabbit" software and Web sites like Sesame Street. Like any parent, she was proud Madeline could master the mouse so young.

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.

Good insulation is like money in the bank
We recently had the pleasure of touring a major insulation manufacturing plant and acting as judges in a regional and national competition recognizing "Americas Best Insulation Installer."

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.

Clogged shower head? Try vinegar
Clogged shower heads are annoying. When mineral deposits build up, water flow slows to a trickle.

Home milk delivery making a small, but growing comeback
CONCORD, N.H. -- When he became a milkman in 2002, Ron Panneton knew the numbers weren't good.

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.

Polls' word choice differs

Around town

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?

Suspect in officer's killing waives extradition

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?

Correction

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.

News you can use

Suspect in officer's killing waives extradition
ST. MATTHEWS, S.C. - The suspect in the killing of an off-duty Orangeburg police officer has waived extradition and agreed to come back to South Carolina, where prosecutors will seek the death penalty.

DNA testing leads blacks to ancestry

Across the area
An Augusta man was stabbed in the chest Thursday afternoon after a man asked him for money, authorities said.

Correction
Because of incorrect information provided to The Augusta Chronicle, an incorrect date was listed in July 11 editions for the South Carolina state convention for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. The convention will be held Oct. 7-10 at Radisson Riverfront Hotel in Augusta.

Across the area

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Jasmine Foster, 6 months, of Augusta.

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.

Plans shift along river
AIKEN - Land along North Augusta's riverfront once targeted for a hotel and conference center will instead be used for a new stretch of residential development.

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.

Sewer gets blame in hospital floods
A bottleneck in a storm sewer line is likely to blame for flooding problems in front of University Hospital, a report from the Augusta Public Works and Engineering Department concluded. Fixing it, however, might have to wait until the next round of sales-tax-funded projects, a hospital official said.

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

News you can use
JULY 23, 1929 A fight between two boys last night in a vacant field on the 1900 block of Fenwick Street resulted in the death of Clifford Reason, 16, and the jailing of Henry Harvey Hall, 13. According to the police, the boy died as a result of having been hit on the neck with a large stick.

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.

Abuse of newborn puts mom in prison
Finding a 13-day-old baby the ultimate vulnerable victim, the judge sentenced the newborn's mother to 10 years in prison Thursday.

Volunteer loss hurts squad

Police hold 2 in home invasion
Richmond County sheriff's investigators are trying to determine why a 24-year-old Augusta woman was the target of a terrifying early morning home invasion Thursday.

Across the area

Fostering HOPE
Virginia Hooker stood looking at the roomful of children cutting and pasting when one small boy approached shyly and handed her his collage.

Kid of the day

Teen sentenced in abandonment
A teenager involved in the abandonment of a homicide victim's children was sentenced to probation.

Dealers get long sentences

Rants and raves
BECAUSE OF OUR LAST election being so close, most states have adopted electronic voting. No longer do we have the privilege of hard-copy evidence. Most of us will not even tolerate the idea of displaying our credit card numbers on the Internet. The only question that remains is who shall be the one that sways the next election of importance, a very intelligent Republican or Democrat?

Across Georgia

Funding tight for projects

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.

Around town

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.

Teen sentenced in abandonment

4 scam convictions erased

Army identifies soldier killed in tower collapse

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.

Company recalls 2 tons of chicken

Trash bin explodes in truck
SAVANNAH, Ga. - A trash container exploded Thursday while it was being emptied into a garbage truck, and police evacuated nearby homes after finding a live "military-type" explosive round remained in the truck.

Sewer gets blame in hospital floods

Plans shift along river

Across Georgia
DECATUR - A 23-year-old woman has been sentenced to life in prison for the murder of a man who was lured into a trap by neighbors, beaten, burned with gasoline and hauled off in the back of a pickup and left to die in the woods.

News you can use

Old fraternity houses get set for demolition
ATHENS, Ga. - Once gathering places for brotherhood - and parties - three former University of Georgia fraternity houses will be reduced to rubble by summer's end.

Survey backs hunting

Military hopes tests fly high
FORT BENNING, Ga. - College engineering students are flying their high-tech creations this week in the 14th Annual International Aerial Robotics Competition, paving the way for a new generation of surveillance gear that could help soldiers during urban warfare.

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

Fire suspects kept souvenirs
CUMMING, Ga. - Two men accused of setting more than 10 fires this spring kept souvenirs from the torched buildings - radios, golf clubs, even a plastic bow-and-arrow set - authorities testified Thursday.

Perdue aims to cut waste in spending

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - A 26-year-old mother admitted she killed her 4-year-old daughter by giving her a deadly mix of painkillers and other medicines.

Panel OKs November tax vote

Sheriff's office finds complaint baseless
The Richmond County Sheriff's Office has determined that a New Jersey man's complaint that the aquatics center director took $1,300 from him and refused to refund it was bogus, a sheriff's investigator said.

Virus is found in blue jay

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.

Two winners divide state before runoff

Trash bin explodes in truck

Dozens of parolees go to jail

Across South Carolina

Six deny guilt in sexual assault cases

Funding tight for projects
In a perfect world, Teresa Smith's wish list for Richmond County street and drainage improvements for the next 10 years would cost more than $330 million.

Across the Southeast

Request stiffens absence policies
Pupils will need better excuses for missing class under new policies expected to pass the Richmond County Board of Education next week.

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.

County size hampers deputies

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

Kid of the day

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.

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.

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.

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.

Hydrogen laboratory project picks up steam

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.

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.

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

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."

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

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

Rants and raves
BECAUSE OF OUR LAST election being so close, most states have adopted electronic voting. No longer do we have the privilege of hard-copy evidence. Most of us will not even tolerate the idea of displaying our credit card numbers on the Internet. The only question that remains is who shall be the one that sways the next election of importance, a very intelligent Republican or Democrat?

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.

Company recalls 2 tons of chicken
WASHINGTON- More than two tons of cooked chicken prepared a little more than a week ago is being recalled by a Georgia company because they might be contaminated with listeria, the Agriculture Department said.

Request stiffens absence policies

Perdue aims to cut waste in spending
ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue chose a ripped-down, abandoned state office Thursday to announce he's about to start cutting millions in government waste - especially unused buildings.

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.

Airport budget reduces revenue
Aviation commissioners at Thursday's finance subcommittee meeting approved a revised 2004 budget for Augusta Regional Airport in addition to a new 2005 budget.

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.

DNA testing leads blacks to ancestry
ATLANTA - The technology has been there for years, but former United Nations Ambassador Andrew Young didn't want to know about his ancestry at first.

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.

Around town
Austin Lewis, 12, (left) and Bryan Williams, 12, (right) try to stop Cody Marsh, 13, as he shoots the basketball during a fundamental skills station at the 16th annual Clint Bryant Basketball Camp at Riverview Park Activity Center in North Augusta. The camp will conclude today.

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

Site helps parents find after-school programs
COLUMBIA - Parents looking for places where their children can spend time after school have a new resource to help them out.

County size hampers deputies
MONETTA, S.C. - Aiken County sheriff's Deputy Gary Benfield was cruising downtown Monetta on Thursday when he got called to an alleged crime off Wire Road.

Ancient artillery creates clamor
MURRELLS INLET, S.C. - A rare Civil War artillery shell was found at a construction site and rattled some nerves when a worker brought it to a sheriff's substation.

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.

Evans gets early start on Georgia shake-up
ATHENS, Ga. - As a redshirt freshman on Georgia's football team in 1989, Damon Evans was named the "Biggest Offensive Surprise" after his first spring practice.

'Fahrenheit 9/11' making GOP nervous as it reaches deeper into American mainstream
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Republicans initially dismissed "Fahrenheit 9/11" as a cinematic screed that would play mostly to inveterate Bush bashers. Four weeks and $94 million later, the film is still pulling in moviegoers at 2,000 theaters around the country, making Republicans nervous as it settles into the American mainstream.

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

Mini reviews

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.

New on video and DVD

At the Movies: 'A Home at the End of the World'
Much ado has been made about a scene that was trimmed from "A Home at the End of the World" in which Colin Farrell bares all. Supposedly the very sight served as an insurmountable distraction to preview audiences.

At the Movies: 'The Bourne Supremacy'

At the Movies: 'Catwoman'

Matt Damon on 'Bourne' again, real car crashes and fake Russian dialogue

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: 'A Home at the End of the World'

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

'Fahrenheit 9/11' making GOP nervous as it reaches deeper into American mainstream

Matt Damon on 'Bourne' again, real car crashes and fake Russian dialogue
LOS ANGELES - As an assassin on-the-run in "The Bourne Supremacy," Matt Damon can take a real punch, absorb a real car crash and wave a real gun around to terrify his co-stars - but he's got to fake that tricky Russian dialogue.

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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.

10 years of warping young minds

Bacchanalia festival raises big bucks for charity
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- It began in 1990 with five kegs of beer, a park grill and an open invitation from party hosts with an unsavory sounding nickname: Ten Ugly Men.

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

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

Bacchanalia festival raises big bucks for charity

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

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.

Smokey Robinson steps out on faith with gospel album
LOS ANGELES -- Smokey Robinson's professional accomplishments have been celebrated for nearly four decades, his name and signature falsetto becoming synonymous with classic songwriting and timeless music.

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

Smokey Robinson steps out on faith with gospel album

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

Hives buzzes into slump on 'Tyrannosaurus'

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.

Concert calendar

Sonic Spotlight

Guitarist has kept his life in harmony

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

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.

Caution rule goes flat

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

Earnhardt ready to race again

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 ready to race again
LOUDON, N.H. -- There's no keeping Dale Earnhardt Jr. away from the track.

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.

Schumacher aims to equal another record at German GP
HOCKENHEIM, Germany -- Six-time world champion Michael Schumacher has had little success at his home race, the German Grand Prix. But a victory here Sunday will equal his record for most wins in a season.

NASCAR newsmaker Chad Knaus

Kasey Kahne's relatives are his biggest fans

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.

Earnhardt gets green light after fiery scare

Love of racing fuels Earnhardt's life, career

Schumacher aims to equal another record at German GP

U.S. failed to appreciate Sept. 11 threat; panel recommends broad intelligence overhaul
WASHINGTON -- The United States could not protect its citizens from the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks because it failed to appreciate the threat posed by al-Qaida operatives, who exploited that failure to carry out the deadliest assault ever on American soil, the chairman of the Sept. 11 commission said Thursday.

President receives 9/11 report, praises some recommendations
WASHINGTON -- President Bush praised the recommendations in a new report Thursday on intelligence failures that led to Sept. 11, though his administration has reacted coolly towards a central proposal to establish a Cabinet-level national intelligence director.

Bush vows to reflect on recommendations

President receives 9/11 report, praises some recommendations

Excerpts from the Sept. 11 Commission's final report:
Excerpts from the Sept. 11 Commission's final report:

Reaction Thursday to the Sept. 11 commission report

Remarks by President Bush on the 9/11 Commission Report

Panel: Flight 93 hijackers crashed plane before cockpit fight
WASHINGTON -- Passengers aboard United Airlines Flight 93 fought back against the hijackers but never actually made it into the cockpit, the Sept. 11 commission concluded.

Sept. 11 commission says 'we are not safe'

Sept 11 Flights Timeline

Video shows Pentagon hijackers being allowed to pass through airport screening
WASHINGTON -- Security screeners at Washington Dulles International Airport who allowed some hijackers to board the flight that crashed into the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001, drew criticism Thursday from the commission investigating the terror attacks.

Video shows Pentagon hijackers being allowed to pass through airport screening

Sept 11 Flights Timeline
AMERICAN AIRLINES FLIGHT 77: 8:20 a.m. -Flight 77 takes off from Dulles International Airport near Washington, D.C., bound for Los Angeles.

Excerpts from the Sept. 11 Commission's final report:

Reaction Thursday to the Sept. 11 commission report
Comments Thursday regarding the Sept. 11 commission report:

Bush vows to reflect on recommendations
GLENVIEW, Ill. - President Bush on Thursday acknowledged "deep institutional failures" in the nation's defense that led to the 2001 terrorist attacks, and he said he would seriously consider the Sept. 11 commission's recommendations to better anticipate threats.

Panel: Flight 93 hijackers crashed plane before cockpit fight

Families intend to put pressure on Congress
WASHINGTON - Family members found vindication and a call to action in the Sept. 11 commission's report, saying they will now set their sights on persuading Congress to make sure Americans are better protected.

U.S. failed to appreciate Sept. 11 threat; panel recommends broad intelligence overhaul

Remarks by President Bush on the 9/11 Commission Report
The following is a transcript of remarks by President Bush on the 9/11 Commission Report:

Sept. 11 commission says 'we are not safe'
WASHINGTON - America's leaders failed to grasp the gravity of terrorist threats before the devastating attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, taking actions so feeble they never even slowed the al-Qaida plotters, a national commission said in a blistering report Thursday.

GOP leaders pledge not to rush toward reforms
WASHINGTON - As copies of the Sept. 11 commission's report landed on every lawmaker's desk Thursday, the Republican leadership of Congress said they would move slowly and deliberately before enacting any sweeping legislative changes.

GOP leaders pledge not to rush toward reforms

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.

Source says Rasheed Wallace agrees to return to Detroit

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

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

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.

Pistons sign Dupree to two-year deal

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

Vikings, three draft choices agree to terms

Titans release all-time leading rusher

George making free agent visit to Cowboys

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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.

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

Special forces asked to serve

Greek baseball not homegrown

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

Two track stars join U.S. roster
DENVER - Track athletes Torri Edwards and Calvin Harrison were included on the United States' roster submitted by the U.S. Olympic Committee despite pending drug cases against both.

More than half of Olympic tickets unsold

Greek baseball not homegrown
ATHENS, Greece - Greece's Olympic baseball coach threatened to quit Thursday to protest a roster that includes just two local players.

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.

Ali's daughter to fight on Tyson undercard

Armstrong aces Alps' time trials

Flyers are off to Des Moines

Don't look now, it's Lance

Champion will defend crown at U.S. Open

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.

Gomez resolves contract issues with Sugar Ray Leonard boxing
MIAMI -- Former cruiserweight champion Juan Carlos Gomez and Sugar Ray Leonard Boxing have agreed to resolve their disagreement over fight contracts, attorneys said Thursday.

Don't look now, it's Lance
LE GRAND-BORNAND, France - With an amazing sprint finish, Lance Armstrong won his third stage in three days Thursday at the Tour de France, pulling even further ahead of his outclassed rivals as he marches toward a record sixth crown.

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.

Champion will defend crown at U.S. Open
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. - Defending champion and No. 1 Justine Henin-Hardenne, Kim Clijsters and eight other Grand Slam title winners head the list of the 104 women granted direct entry to the U.S. Open field Thursday.

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.

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.

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

George making free agent visit to Cowboys
IRVING, Texas -- Eddie George's first visit as a free agent will be with the Dallas Cowboys on Friday.

Vikings, three draft choices agree to terms
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Vikings agreed to terms with three draft picks Thursday: linebacker Rod Davis, defensive back Deandre Eiland and tight end Jeff Dugan.

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

Judge: Officer didn't have 'sufficient basis' to stop McNair for DUI
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Prosecutors seeking a DUI conviction against Tennessee Titans quarterback Steve McNair received a blow Thursday when a judge ruled the arresting officer didn't have "sufficient basis" to pull him over.

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

Religion News in Brief
NEW YORK -- The Anti-Defamation League has condemned a vote by delegates to the national meeting of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) that supported divesting from companies that do business with Israel.

Church-state separation becomes a hot issue in Kansas, with pastors' sermons monitored
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- A recent Sunday found Tina Kolm changing her morning routine. Instead of attending a Unitarian Universalist service, she was at the Lenexa Christian Center, paying close attention to a conservative minister's sermon about the importance of amending the U.S. Constitution to ban gay marriage.

Turkmenistan relaxes rules for minority religions under strong international pressure
ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan -- Pastor Pavel Fedotov was in church leading services when the bulldozers and wrecking balls showed up. Over the next week, they razed his house of worship as part of the authoritarian Turkmen government's crackdown on minority religions.

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.

Evans gets early start on Georgia shake-up

'CSI' actor calls his firing a 'misunderstanding'
LOS ANGELES -- Fired "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" actor George Eads says he wasn't staging a salary holdout when he missed work - he overslept.

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UPN working on becoming a small giant
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Pollack, Davis unanimous choices on the preseason All-SEC team

Pollack, Davis unanimous choices on the preseason All-SEC team
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Auburn tailback Carnell Williams, Tennessee punter Dustin Colquitt and Georgia defenders Thomas Davis and David Pollack were unanimous choices on the preseason All-Southeastern Conference team picked by league coaches.

Violation gets punter suspended for opener

Violation gets punter suspended for opener
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia punter Gordon Ely-Kelso has been suspended by coach Mark Richt for Georgia's Sept. 4 season opener against Georgia Southern for violating a team rule.

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.

Gamecocks' Robinson signs
HOUSTON - The Houston Texans and cornerback Dunta Robinson of South Carolina have agreed to contract terms, according to a league source, meaning the team would have both of its first-round draft choices in the fold a week before training camp starts.

Gamecocks' Robinson signs

Teen trying to 'divorce' his father

British couple convicted of using dogs to smuggle cocaine from Colombia

Odds and Ends

San Francisco man who fought and shot burglar jailed on suspicion of assault

Religion News in Brief

Church-state separation becomes a hot issue in Kansas, with pastors' sermons monitored