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

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

Ordonez sent home with sore knee

Employees inspect Wrigley upper deck

Padres end Giants' streak

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.

Employees inspect Wrigley upper deck
CHICAGO - A Chicago Cubs employee found a third piece of concrete at Wrigley Field that apparently fell from the 90-year-old stadium's upper deck.

ASU's blocked entrance sign could use a makeover

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.

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.

Speeder caught rushing to court date
WINFIELD, W.Va. -- Sheriff's Deputy John Hedrick was surprised when a vehicle he was chasing squealed into a county parking lot and its driver got out and ran toward a judicial annex.

Odds and Ends
WILMINGTON, Del. -- A vanity license tag chosen as a gag has left its owner holding the bag.

Stubborn Jones vexes coaches
NEW YORK - Atlanta Braves hitting coach Terry Pendleton has spent several months offering suggestions to Andruw Jones, hoping he'll alter his stance at the plate.

Ortiz a victory shy of milestone

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

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.

Stubborn Jones vexes coaches

'Sue your boss' law tangles debate over already-delayed budget in California

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.

Business briefs

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

'Sue your boss' law tangles debate over already-delayed budget in California
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A police officer says he was shortchanged $54 in overtime while working on the set of the movie "Clockstoppers." Another officer claims he was underpaid eight times on three other films.

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.

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.

Caf chain will arrive in Augusta
Panera Bread Company, the nation's largest bakery-caf chain, is coming to Augusta.

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.

Convention sponsors spend millions to show Democrats a good time
WASHINGTON -- From movie-themed parties to gourmet spreads and star-studded receptions, corporate America is rolling out the red carpet and more for Democrats at their national convention next week.

Rates on 30-year mortgages fall below 6 percent level

Vogtle officials back new nuclear interest

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.

Coors and Molson announce plans to merge

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.

Cellular phone companies reach deal to become more accountable to customers

Bank cashes in on commercial, retail loans

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.

Caf chain will arrive in Augusta

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

Convention sponsors spend millions to show Democrats a good time

Bank cashes in on commercial, retail loans
Georgia Bank & Trust Co. saw its quarterly profit grow 9.1 percent on the back of its growing core business of making commercial and retail loans, more than compensating for a drop in fees generated by mortgage loans.

Area's jobless rate increases to 5.7 percent

Standouts get recruiters' attention
Fernando Velasco coaxed a full scholarship from Georgia with his nimble feet and 325 pounds in 2002.

Standouts get recruiters' attention

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.

USC Upstate sounds off on mascot switch; postseason expanded

USC Upstate sounds off on mascot switch; postseason expanded
Though the name might not roll off your tongue at first, get used to it.

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.

Where's the urgency?

Where's the urgency?
"We do not believe (the Bush or Clinton administrations) fully understood just how many people al-Qaida might kill and how soon it might do it. We also believe they did not take (al-Qaida) as seriously as it should be taken. It was not their top priority."

Good news drowned out

Don't let illegals vote
Sometimes we wonder why we have immigration laws at all. We do very little to enforce laws against illegal immigrants while creating every incentive for them to come here - jobs; medical care; free public education for their kids, often in their native language; driver's licenses in several states; and citizenship if they evade exposure long enough.

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

Peek at Augusta's future?

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.

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.

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.

Campsite Cuisine
My son, Tripp, is a Boy Scout with his eye on becoming an Eagle Scout in the next few years. He's been backpacking, canoed swamps and has fared mid-summer campouts in the heat. After most of his excursions he usually comes home exhausted!

No Broken Bones, No Burst Bubbles...Mom TV
At this point, just days before the start of school, I'm relieved and pleased that my kids will be going back to class with all their parts, save a couple of lost teeth. There were times, over the last two months, that I had doubts we'd survive the summer without a major (sibling-inflicted) injury.

Close inspection
One-year old Carson Rosser takes a serious look inside the slide at Aiken's H. Odell Weeks Park.

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Back to school reading ideas
Little Brown Bear Won't Go to School

Parent's resource guide
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It's back to school time
For families there is no more powerful force than the school calendar.

Shanna and her friends help kids learn to read
Author Jean Marzollo, best known for her I Spy series of rhyming picture books, introduces readers to a new character called Shanna (rhymes with banana) in her latest publications.

We asked you
We went out to Brookwood Park in Martinez and Riverview Park in North Augusta to talk to families braving the summer heat. We asked a few questions and here are some of the answers.

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

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.

Shares of Coke drop after it reports strong earnings, but international weakness
ATLANTA -- Shares of The Coca-Cola Co. fell sharply Friday after the world's largest beverage maker said it is experiencing a decline in volume and other challenges in several international markets.

Dow drops back below 10,000 on weak Microsoft earnings

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.

Shares of Coke drop after it reports strong earnings, but international weakness

Dow drops back below 10,000 on weak Microsoft earnings
NEW YORK - Wall Street skidded further Friday, sending the Dow Jones industrial average back below 10,000 as disappointments from Microsoft Corp. and Amazon.com Inc. deepened investors' dread of a second-half earnings slump.

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?

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.

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.

Flounder catches are rare sight

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.

Fishing tournment news

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 rally for win
Dustin Pedroia jumped on second base and clapped his hands.

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

Local teen lives a summer dream

Franco shoots 63 without practicing

Franco shoots 63 without practicing
MILWAUKEE - Carlos Franco hates to practice. He showed up at Brown Deer Park on Friday and didn't hit a shot at the range before teeing off.

Georgia-native eliminated from junior championships
SAN FRANCISCO - Sihwan Kim eliminated defending champion Brian Harman from the U.S. Junior Amateur Championships on Friday and earned a spot in the final against 14-year-old David Chung.

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

Jackets rally for win

GreenJackets get best of Bombers' duds

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.

Predators sign defenseman, four forwards

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

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

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.

Immigrants are welcome to leave
I am tired of this nation worrying about whether we are offending individuals or their culture. Since the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, we have experienced a surge in patriotism by the majority of Americans. However, the dust from the attacks had barely settled when the "politically correct" crowd began complaining about the possibility that our patriotism was offending others. Neal B. Dillon Aiken, S.C.

Immigrants are welcome to leave

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.

Vulture cartoon smeared trial lawyers
I truly believe that The Augusta Chronicle's July 8 editorial cartoon was the most tasteless thing you have ever published, and that's saying a lot. You show John Edwards being delivered by trial lawyers depicted as vultures to John Kerry. Vernon Johnson Mesena

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

Passenger swears off local airport

Senior artists need space, support

Pupils need Larke's money more

Senior artists need space, support
For the past four months I have had the privilege of teaching art classes at the 15th Street Senior Center. There are approximately 20 artists that use the facility as studio and exhibit space on a daily basis. They, along with everyone else who uses the facility, are being set adrift. Christine Hield Martinez

Goose-steppers are out of step

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.

County's park will be open to dogs
Regarding Renee Carmichael's letter ("Event's ban on dogs is unfair," July 8), yes, dogs are welcome in Columbia County. As a matter of fact, the Columbia County Humane Society is now vigorously working to open the area's first off-leash dog park at the society's site on Columbia Road, approximately two miles past Patriots Park. Laurie Lane Evans

Mow power

Good insulation is like money in the bank

Travel briefs

Low-carb trend, innovations help company recover from tough times

Parents, scholars reconsider technology for youngsters

Home milk delivery making a small, but growing comeback

Healthbeat: More defibrillators in homes? Scientists weigh the arguments

Clogged shower head? Try vinegar

The Winners Circle

Back to school reading ideas

It's back to school time

Lewis and Clark: Passengers learn about history while riding the rails

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

Healthbeat: More defibrillators in homes? Scientists weigh the arguments
WASHINGTON -- Defibrillators that jump-start a stopped heart may save lives in airports and shopping malls, but few people keep them at home in case of collapse - even though that's where most cardiac arrests occur.

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

Travel briefs
ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- Music and the Mississippi. You can experience the combination in St. Louis every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night through Aug. 21 as part of "River Splash," a free series of concerts and multimedia shows at the city's Mississippi Riverfront.

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."

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.

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

Lewis and Clark: Passengers learn about history while riding the rails
ABOARD THE ANN RUTLEDGE, Mo. -- Two centuries ago, members of the Lewis and Clark expedition coated themselves in grease to keep off the swarms of mosquitos as they pulled a keel boat the size of a railroad car up the Missouri River.

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.

Low-carb trend, innovations help company recover from tough times
ATCHISON, Kan. -- A few years after wondering if his 63-year-old wheat processing business would survive, Ladd Seaberg leads a company that has customers clamoring for its products and Wall Street noticing the little northeast Kansas-based firm.

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.

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.

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

Pastor is charged over tape of teens
An assistant pastor at an area church has been charged with covertly videotaping underneath the skirts of teenage girls at Augusta Mall, officials said Friday.

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

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.

Stillbirth certificates are among signed bills
COLUMBIA - Gov. Mark Sanford has signed into law a bill that allows women who have stillborn babies in South Carolina to receive a state certificate.

No stained glass here

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.

Perdue aims to cut waste in spending

Across Georgia
COLUMBUS - Federal money for a gun manufacturer to begin making the XM8 assault rifle in Columbus was pulled from a Department of Defense appropriations bill.

County size hampers deputies

News you can use
July 24, 1972 Philip E. DeLorey, the chairman of the Department of Nursing at Tidewater Community College in Portsmouth, Va., has been named associate dean of the School of Nursing at the Medical College of Georgia. The appointment was announced by MCG Nursing Dean Dr. Dorothy T. White. "Mr. DeLorey will assist in revision of the School of Nursing's total curriculum," Dr. White said, "as we work to better attune our curriculum with contemporary views in nursing."

Request stiffens absence policies

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?

Company recalls 2 tons of chicken

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.

News you can use

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.

Grave logs will be a click away

207 3rd-graders fail promotion test
The Richmond County school district must figure out what to do with 207 third-graders who failed to pass the reading test required for promotion.

Pastor is charged over tape of teens

Road plan links cities
Two new proposed interstate highways that would make Augusta the new transportation hub of the South soon will be on the drawing boards, according to U.S. Rep. Max Burns.

Texas bodies found in wrong cemeteries

Across the area

Area homes are susceptible to wildfires

Removal of chief is ruled baseless
AIKEN - Former New Ellenton Police Chief Van McMillan was terminated by the city in May "without cause," according to employment hearing records obtained Friday.

Schools get report card Monday

SRS alerted to security breach
AIKEN - Classified operations involving removable electronic media at Savannah River Site and all Department of Energy sites across the country will be halted indefinitely Monday because of a security breach at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, officials announced Friday.

Across the area

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.

Burns' challenger emerges strong

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.

Road plan links cities

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.

County considers smoking ban
Health and county officials are looking to snuff out smoking in Columbia County and Augusta businesses.

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.

Kid of the day

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.

Sewer gets blame in hospital floods

Transfusion may cut child strokes
ATLANTA - Blood transfusions could help children with sickle-cell disease avoid strokes.

Plans shift along river

Rants and raves
I realized there were gangs several years ago, but didn't know they had a name to give to the police when I reported suspicious activities, for instance, the Terrace Manor Boys. The name is misleading, however, since I have observed some of the leadership of these gangs seems to be females and their husbands and boyfriends, who protect and enforce their directives.

Kid of the day

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - The woman whose carjacking claim earlier this week led to an intense manhunt involving hundreds of Midlands officers has been arrested on an unrelated charge of having child pornography.

Army identifies soldier killed in tower collapse

Texas bodies found in wrong cemeteries
LUBBOCK, Texas - About 3,000 people who were supposed to be buried in the City of Lubbock Cemetery have been located in other county cemeteries, City Attorney Anita Burgess said.

Teen sentenced in abandonment

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.

Around town

Remembering spirit
Before he became the No. 1 sports fan in Savannah, John Hodges spread his love for athletics at Westside High School.

Funding tight for projects

Grave logs will be a click away
One year ago, Bonnie A. Parker came to Magnolia Cemetery searching for her family's genealogical history.

Suspect in officer's killing waives extradition

No stained glass here
No stained glass hereKeith Jackson, of ABC Building Maintenance Inc., uses a lift to clean windows at the future welcome center of Curtis Baptist Church, located at 13th and Broad streets in Augusta.

Correction

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Kenneth Lee Joseph, 7, of Augusta.

News you can use

Schools get report card Monday
For educators, it is the list they'd rather avoid.

DNA testing leads blacks to ancestry

Soldier's memorial service is Monday
Memorial services for the Fort Gordon soldier who died as a result of the accidental collapse of a ceremonial tower at the post will be held Monday, officials said Friday.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

207 3rd-graders fail promotion test

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.

Removal of chief is ruled baseless

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.

SRS alerted to security breach

County considers smoking ban

Remembering spirit

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.

Burns' challenger emerges strong
SAVANNAH - One of the most vulnerable Republican congressmen seeking re-election in November will face a serious challenge from a Democrat who handily beat out his party's other hopefuls for the nomination.

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.

Area homes are susceptible to wildfires
In the piney no-man's-land between Interstate 20 and North Augusta's northern boundary, new subdivisions are growing. Cushioned by walls of tall, green trees and thick brush, homeowners feel like they've bought the best of both worlds - a little bit of country isolation, a lot of the accustomed amenities of a new home with a two-car garage.

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 the area
A man accused of kidnapping and firing several gunshots at his estranged girlfriend was denied bond Friday.

Across South Carolina

Trash bin explodes in truck

Stillbirth certificates are among signed bills

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.

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

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films

'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.

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

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.

At the Movies: 'A Home at the End of the World'

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

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.

Smokey Robinson steps out on faith with gospel album

More and more classical acts crossing over
NEW YORK -- Jo Appleby studied opera for years, won coveted roles in key operas and performed at some of the most revered venues in classical music.

Bacchanalia festival raises big bucks for charity

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.

Best Sellers-Audio
Weekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear in next week's issue of Billboard magazine. Reprinted with permission. (Platinum signifies more than 1 million copies sold; Gold signifies more than 500,000 copies sold.):

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.

More and more classical acts crossing over

Schumacher aims to equal another record at German GP

Newman snatches top spot
LOUDON, N.H.- Friday was payback time for Ryan Newman at New Hampshire International Speedway.

Truex, Earnhardt to tag-team race
LOUDON, N.H. - Dale Earnhardt Jr., recovering from burns to his legs and face that he suffered last weekend in Sonoma, Calif., will be in the Budweiser No. 8 car for Sunday's NASCAR Siemens 300, but how long he will stay in the driver's seat is anybody's guess.

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.

Newman snatches top spot

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

Schumacher leads German practice

Schumacher leads German practice
HOCKENHEIM, Germany - Michael Schumacher took a step toward matching his own record of 11 victories in a season Friday by posting the fastest time in practice for the German Grand Prix.

Earnhardt ready to race again

Remarks by President Bush on the 9/11 Commission Report

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.

GOP leaders pledge not to rush toward reforms

Reaction Thursday to the Sept. 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.

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:

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

Video shows Pentagon hijackers being allowed to pass through airport screening

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.

Sept 11 Flights Timeline

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.

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.

Panel: Flight 93 hijackers crashed plane before cockpit fight

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

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

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.

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.

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

Sept. 11 commission says 'we are not safe'

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

Bryant accuser's sex life is ruled admissible
DENVER - In a huge victory for Kobe Bryant, the judge in the NBA star's sexual assault case ruled Friday that his accuser's sex life during the week of their encounter can be used against her at trial.

Bryant accuser's sex life is ruled admissible

George making free agent visit to Cowboys

Dallas quickly grabs up George

Vikings, three draft choices agree to terms

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AIKEN - Gene Wheeler's comrades with the Sons of Confederate Veterans remember him as a man proud that his great-grandfather fought and died for the South at Antietam.

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'Exceptional circumstances' may save Edwards' spot in Olympics
U.S. sprinter Torri Edwards was found guilty of using a banned stimulant but might be able to avoid a suspension - and keep her spot in the Olympics - because of "exceptional circumstances."

Ancient Olympians: Not the Homeric heroes once thought, scholars say
It was like the Super Bowl, Woodstock, Mardi Gras, a holy pilgrimage and Chippendale dancers all rolled into one.

'Exceptional circumstances' may save Edwards' spot in Olympics

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.

Hunter turns on ex-wife in probe
They walked into the room holding hands. They kissed and talked about supporting each other, a touching scene of a wife standing by her embattled husband.

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.

Construction nearly finished across Greece
ATHENS, Greece - The unfinished construction of dust-choked venues stood as a symbol of Athens' troubling Olympic delays a few months ago.

Ancient Olympians: Not the Homeric heroes once thought, scholars say

Greek baseball not homegrown

Protest Warriors are carrying the genuine torch of democracy
Here is some news to light your fire. A group of young people calling itself Protest Warriors is going to protest the protesters at the upcoming Republican convention in New York City. They claim the left-wing loonies have hogged center stage for too long, and the Protest Warriors intend to beat them at their own game. Their motto is "Fighting the Left and Doing It Right."

Protest Warriors are carrying the genuine torch of democracy
Here is some news to light your fire. A group of young people calling itself Protest Warriors is going to protest the protesters at the upcoming Republican convention in New York City. They claim the left-wing loonies have hogged center stage for too long, and the Protest Warriors intend to beat them at their own game. Their motto is "Fighting the Left and Doing It Right."

Armstrong might not race in '05

Don't look now, it's Lance

Champion will defend crown at U.S. Open

North Carolina looking for sign

Armstrong might not race in '05
LONS-LE-SAUNIER, France - Lance Armstrong will race again in the Tour de France, although maybe not next year.

North Carolina looking for sign
RALEIGH, N.C. - The rising cost of running a 28-sport athletics program has North Carolina looking at defying years of tradition.

Nearing 6th title, Armstrong slows
LONS-LE-SAUNIER, France - Lance Armstrong took it easy Friday with his record sixth-consecutive Tour de France crown all but won, allowing Spain's Juan Miguel Mercado to capture the 18th stage.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Dallas quickly grabs up George
IRVING, Texas - Eddie George agreed to a contract with the Dallas Cowboys on Friday, just two days after being released by the Tennessee Titans.

Faith digest
Grace United Methodist Church of North Augusta will break ground for a $5.1 million expansion at 11 a.m. Sunday at its campus, 639 Georgia Ave.

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.

Conference's speakers focus on ministries, bad behavior
The Rev. Liberty Savard, the author of The Unsurrendered Soul, and Dr. A. Okechukwu Ogbonnaya will join other speakers at the Aligning Souls With God conference from Tuesday through Friday at Broadway Baptist Church.

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.

Learning-center founder's story always involved children's care
The first Tender Sprout Christian Learning Center opened about 12 years ago. People often think the name refers to the children at the seven Tender Sprout day care sites, but to owner Patricia Scott, it comes from a verse in Isaiah: "He grew up like a sapling before him, like a shoot from the parched earth" (Isaiah 53:2).

Faith digest
Grace United Methodist Church of North Augusta will break ground for a $5.1 million expansion at 11 a.m. Sunday at its campus, 639 Georgia Ave.

Faith calendar
The Faith Calendar is a roundup of church and temple activities. Space is limited. Deadline is noon Monday. Send items to virginia.norton@augusta chronicle.com. Send a fax to 722-7403, or mail to Faith Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928.

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.

Evans gets early start on Georgia shake-up

UPN working on becoming a small giant
LOS ANGELES - Buzz, buzz, who's got the buzz?

'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.

UPN working on becoming a small giant

'CSI' actor calls his firing a 'misunderstanding'

Jessica Simpson's shawl on MTV: just the tip of Argentina's fashion boom

Actors guild selling foreclosed films to pay actor residuals

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.

Pollack, Davis unanimous choices on the preseason All-SEC team

Violation gets punter suspended for opener

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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.

What To Do

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

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

Odds and Ends

Teen trying to 'divorce' his father

British couple convicted of using dogs to smuggle cocaine from Colombia

Conference's speakers focus on ministries, bad behavior

Learning-center founder's story always involved children's care

Faith digest

Religion News in Brief

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

Faith digest