Travel tales show dissonance between two different worlds

Arts calendar
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Travel tales show dissonance between two different worlds
In a detached ode to jet lag, Pico Iyer describes the sensation as "like watching a foreign movie without subtitles ... I can't follow the story, the arc of character, but something else - that inflection of a hand, this unregarded silence - comes through to me intensely."

London exhibition takes a new look at art from an oft-remembered decade

'The Phantom of the Opera' latest Broadway show to play Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS -- "The Phantom of the Opera," one of the most successful shows in the history of Broadway, has been lured to the desert with the promise of a lavish new theater and a seemingly endless stream of tourists.

'The Phantom of the Opera' latest Broadway show to play Las Vegas

Arts calendar

Arts review: Skillfully unraveling the truth in a play called 'Fiction'

Today's floral designs venture into the art world
NEW YORK -- Here's a novel recipe for a show-stopping bridal bouquet:

London exhibition takes a new look at art from an oft-remembered decade
LONDON -- Smiling green Martians appear to dance atop a white platform, their slender hands stretching upward. Nearby, soap bubbles spill from a tall plastic tube and flow slowly into a basin.

Arts review: Skillfully unraveling the truth in a play called 'Fiction'
NEW YORK -- Take this as fact. "Fiction," a new play by Steven Dietz, is a work of uncommon insight, an adult, unsparing and yet often witty look at the intimate relationship between a man and a woman during a time of crisis.

Today's floral designs venture into the art world

Baseball notebook
TORONTO - Former Cy Young Award winner Pat Hentgen retired Saturday in the middle of a poor season for the Toronto Blue Jays.

Expos top Marlins

Expos top Marlins
MONTREAL -- Livan Hernandez had more on his mind than throwing a perfect game. He just wanted to beat the Florida Marlins.

Baseball notebook

Home or away, kids will play
Alex Malone wishes the 2004 Dixie Junior Boys World Series wasn't in his back yard.

Eckersley and Molitor to be inducted into Hall of Fame
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- Dennis Eckersley and Paul Molitor excelled in the clutch, so they should be used to the nerves by now. Then again, induction speeches at the Baseball Hall of Fame are once-in-a-lifetime opportunities.

Standouts join Hall of Fame

Phillies edge Cubs
PHILADELPHIA -- Eric Milton turned his head, saw center fielder Doug Glanville stumble and knew his bid for a no-hitter was over.

Standouts join Hall of Fame
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y.- Dennis Eckersley and Paul Molitor excelled in the clutch, so they should be used to the nerves by now. Then again, induction speeches at the Baseball Hall of Fame are once-in-a-lifetime opportunities.

Job perks include invitations to birthday bashes

Prisoner's journal while on the lam inspires song in North Carolina
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- It had all the makings of a country song: Six inmates break out of jail using a fingernail clipper and a rope made of jumpsuits.

Braves' notebook

Braves rally for win, keep first
NEW YORK - In Shea Stadium, under sodden skies and with sagging bats, the Braves kept their razor-thin lead in the National League East on Saturday night despite squandering scoring chances in nearly every inning, emerging with a 5-2 win over the Mets before a crowd of 33,166 fans.

Braves rally for win, keep first

Drew keeps Braves atop East

Braves' notebook
NEW YORK - The difference in pitcher Mike Hampton now and two months ago, catcher Johnny Estrada said, is confidence.

Drew keeps Braves atop East
NEW YORK - It might be remembered as the granddaddy of all salary drives.

A shortage of "qualified" directors? Maybe companies aren't looking hard enough.

On the move

Gas prices dip less than a penny as refinery projects end
CAMARILLO, Calif. -- Gasoline prices dropped slightly in the past two weeks as refineries finished projects that had been limiting production, an industry analyst said Sunday.

In the know

In scandal weary world, companies turn to ethics training

New location for expanding business is crucial

Courts tell bosses: Don't assume working mothers aren't committed to their job

Frisbee maker reaches out to hard-core players

A shortage of "qualified" directors? Maybe companies aren't looking hard enough.
NEW YORK -- "There's a shortage of qualified candidates." It's been an all-purpose argument for opponents to so many changes adopted or proposed in the backlash to corporate scandal:

Volunteers shop to make life easier for elderly

Frisbee maker reaches out to hard-core players
EMERYVILLE, Calif. -- Wham-O Inc. is putting a new spin on the Frisbee, the fanciful flying discs that have twirled through parks, hovered above playgrounds and wafted in the ocean air for nearly 50 years.

In the know
Interest rates have risen, but mortgages remain a relative bargain. Several Web sites feature online calculators to help a prospective buyer figure out rates and monthly payments.

Some ranchers see 'predator friendly' as selling point with consumers

New location for expanding business is crucial
One of the most dangerous times in the life of a small retail business is when the owner must relocate because the business has outgrown the existing facility. This is a nice problem to have, but choosing the wrong location can kill the growing business.

Gas prices dip less than a penny as refinery projects end

Businesss calendar

Some ranchers see 'predator friendly' as selling point with consumers
BILLINGS, Mont. -- While some of their neighbors opposed reintroduction of the Mexican gray wolf, Arizona cattle producers Will and Jan Holder saw a business opportunity.

When election season comes, ad businesses stick to lines

Courts tell bosses: Don't assume working mothers aren't committed to their job
NEW YORK -- Meeting the demands of both job and family can be daunting for any working mother - or father. However, recent court rulings are sending a strong warning to employers: Don't assume such juggling acts will lower workplace performance.

On the move
Barbara Meeks has been named vice president of Pediatric Patient Care Services for MCG Health Inc. She will be responsible for overseeing pediatric perioperative services, rehabilitation services and pediatric respiratory care services. Ms. Meeks was previously administrative director of Pediatric Service at MCG Childrens Medical Center. An employee since 1989, she has nearly 25 years of health-care experience.

The summer is a good time to tackle some chores
NEW YORK -- If the summer is a slow time for your business, it's probably a good time to take care of some of the chores you've been putting off for a while.

Businesss calendar
Tuesday: Smart Marketing; University of Georgia Small Business Development Center Network; 1054 Claussen Road, Suite 301; How can a business get better results from its marketing efforts? This course gives an overview of the marketing elements that all businesses use for success; $35; contact Heather Woods at 1054 Claussen Road, Suite 301, Augusta.

In scandal weary world, companies turn to ethics training
WEST WINDSOR, N.J. -- When Peter Ferris was hired by Tyco International five years ago, he received an employee handbook but little other formal training in business ethics. Today, employees at a company that made headlines for its former CEO's lavish spending must take an interactive, online class that covers everything from insider trading to sexual harassment.

When election season comes, ad businesses stick to lines
There's an adage that says politics and business don't mix. But during election years, politics is business for many advertising firms.

Volunteers shop to make life easier for elderly
TOLEDO, Ohio - Sam Burnett walks through the grocery store, making sure the aisles are wide, the canned goods are within reach and prices are easy to see.

Corporate targets of unfair competition law push initiative to weaken it
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A wave of large corporations that have been sued under California's Unfair Competition Act - including Microsoft, Nike, General Motors, Bank of America, Blue Cross and State Farm - are now pushing a November ballot initiative to weaken the law.

District attorney takes it on the chin

District attorney takes it on the chin
District Attorney Danny Craig thought he was being invited to last week's Augusta Commission meeting to discuss the purchase of a new car for the district attorney's office, but when he got there, he found himself under attack.

Coker: Miami still clean after recruiting Williams
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Larry Coker insists that Miami's recruitment of a top football prospect with numerous legal troubles won't undo the Hurricanes' years of hard work in cleaning up their act.

ACC teams eager for challenge of facing Miami, Virginia Tech

ACC teams eager for challenge of facing Miami, Virginia Tech
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- For more than a year, Miami and Virginia Tech have prepared to join the Atlantic Coast Conference, a move that was supposed to make life tougher for the league's other nine members.

College football notebook

Coker: Miami still clean after recruiting Williams

College football notebook
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia punter Gordon Ely-Kelso's one-game suspension announced on Wednesday followed a June 29 appearance in Athens-Clarke County Municipal Court, where Ely-Kelso was accepted into a pretrial intervention program for underage consumption of alcohol and paid a $30 fine for being in a park after hours.

Beech Island rescue

Confusing referendums
Columbia County school authorities are more confused than enlightened by results of the referendums on adding foreign language instruction to elementary schools' curriculum that were on Tuesday's primary ballots. The failure of Republicans and Democrats to agree on anything, sadly, extended to the wording of the straw ballots.

Beech Island rescue
When a bank decides to leave a town, it's a tough sell to get it to change its mind. Banks, after all, are known for making hard-nosed business decisions, not being paragons of community sensitivity.

Bored of Education?

Bored of Education?
Brace yourselves, Richmond County kids. The hammer is coming down on you in a few weeks.

Some perspective, please
Abuse of Iraqi prisoners gained worldwide attention and outrage earlier this year.

Some perspective, please

Points on appointments
It must be unnerving for Richmond County's legislative delegation to be told by the Augusta Commission how to do its job. But that's what happened this past week when the commission refused to ratify, on the advice of City Attorney Steve Shepard, lawmakers' 17 nominees to various boards and commissions, including the Coliseum Authority and the Aviation Commission.

Points on appointments

People in the News
LOS ANGELES -- Shaquille O'Neal had a big-hearted message for his Los Angeles fans Sunday.

Gone fishin'
Austin Hobson, age 3, tries his luck at catching minnows in the pond at Aikens Hopeland Gardens.

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

Parent's resource guide
Do you have a service that would be of interest to parents? Send your information to jennifer.miller@augustachronicle.com or mail it to Jennifer Miller at PO Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903

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.

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.

Finding child care
In today's busy world, many parents must use childcare while they work. Many factors affect the selection of a safe environment and trustworthy caregiver. Location, cost and hours of operation all come into play, and parents must decide which type of daycare best meets their needs.

Back to school reading ideas
Here some fun book ideas to get your little ones ready to go back to school.

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

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!

What To Do
Send items for What To Do and the Parent's Resouce Guide to

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.

Interest-only mortgages gain popularity, but consumers should be cautious

ETFs offer safer sector exposure, but before you take a tilt, ask yourself: Do you feel lucky?
NEW YORK -- Equity index funds are usually associated with the most passive form of investing: Buy one and you get quick, easy exposure to a broad swath of the market. But with the rise of specialized exchange traded funds, indexes are being used more often by active investors in increasingly complicated strategies.

ETFs offer safer sector exposure, but before you take a tilt, ask yourself: Do you feel lucky?

Interest-only mortgages gain popularity, but consumers should be cautious
NEW YORK -- As interest rates have risen, some families are looking for ways to hold down the cost of buying a home. One increasingly popular approach is the interest-only mortgage.

Jackets pursue playoff spot
When Dustin Pedroia walked into the dugout after hitting his first home run as a professional Sunday, his teammates sat back and pretended like they didn't notice.

Pedroia does it again for Jackets
Cardiac kids. Comeback kids. Call them what you want, the Augusta GreenJackets are on a four-game winning streak, all thanks to late-inning comebacks.

GreenJackets notebook
The Boston Red Sox organization has been good to the Augusta GreenJackets over the past three weeks.

No consumer is really safe with guys like these

Quigley shares third-round lead, but will Dad be cheering?

Golf capsules

Club pro Oakley wins Senior British Open
PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland -- Club pro Peter Oakley shot a 2-under 70 on Sunday to fend off Tom Kite and Eduardo Romero and win the Senior British Open, his first Champions Tour title.

Franco wins in Milwaukee for second time
MILWAUKEE -- Carlos Franco's two favorite places in America are Milwaukee and New Orleans, where he's won twice at each stop for his only PGA Tour wins.

Australian Brett Rumford wins Irish Open
DROGHEDA, Ireland -- Brett Rumford of Australia fired a 5-under 67 Sunday for a four-shot victory at the Irish Open at Baltray.

Golf capsules
MILWAUKEE -- Brett Quigley carded a 6-under 64 Saturday and moved into a tie for the lead with Carlos Franco and Patrick Sheehan after three rounds of the U.S. Bank Championship.

Warren pulls away with seven-stroke victory
CAMBRIDGE, Ontario -- Charles Warren shot a 67 Sunday to complete a seven-stroke victory at the Nationwide Tour's Canadian PGA Championship.

Franco wins in Milwaukee for second time

Warren pulls away with seven-stroke victory

Quigley shares third-round lead, but will Dad be cheering?
MILWAUKEE -- Brett Quigley wants to believe his father will be rooting for him to win his first PGA Tour event, even if it's under his breath.

Pedroia does it again for Jackets

GreenJackets notebook

Jackets pursue playoff spot

Job perks include invitations to birthday bashes
One of the benefits of this sort of work is that you receive many invitations, often with supper attached.

Slave reparations need dialogue
I'm writing to respond to Jim Nesbitt's article "Pastors see slavery reparations as balm for wounded America" (July 6). Please allow me, a descendant of slaves and survivor of Jim-Crow, one last word on reparations for slavery. Pamela A. Hairston Washington, D.C.

Take right ones to task on airport
I can't believe you advocated that Augusta Regional Airport become a "spokesperson" for airlines ("An airport problem," July 8). Ray Brown Grovetown

How can voters back Walker?

Secularists ruining the nation

Writer is wrong on media bias
Responding to the July 11 letter by Paul Cook (" 'Chronicle' buried Edwards news; paper's mindset will not change"): Could it be that the media have been biased so far to the left for so long that when "maverick" journalists actually write objectively, it is seen by the chorus of the mass media as "fringe"? Andrew Aiken Evans

Secularists ruining the nation
Secular humanists are gradually destroying the traditional values that made our country great. Godless secularists are aided and abetted by the liberal media and other useful idiots, often well-meaning people who place Democratic Party loyalty above their common sense, values and religious beliefs. Paul W. Rosenthal Augusta

Senior tax exemption is earned
Your July 12 editorial, "Romancing the elderly," is snide, arrogant, disrespectful and insulting. Billy Moore Augusta

How can voters back Walker?
It's no surprise that indicted former state Sen. Charles Walker, D-Augusta, has managed to win back the support of his loyal cult following. I never figured his fans would pay much attention to his indictment for stealing and lying - heck, blacks in Augusta have come to expect such behavior from their representatives. Lawrence Smith Martinez

Clashes go on over Kerry service records
Susan Kinney states ("Letter writer gets it wrong on Kerry," July 6) that the Swiftboat Veterans are "attacking John Kerry's war record." These are excerpts from the letter to Kerry: Jeff Burke Alken, S.C.

Take right ones to task on airport

Senior tax exemption is earned

Back to school reading ideas

Rules can have commonsense exceptions

Watercooler

Close inspection

Using beepers, hand stamps and more, amusement parks allow visitors to skip long lines

Cars, trucks becoming better equipped for those with physical limitations

Video game review: Third Thief game fun but flawed

Finding child care

In the know

Spacecraft to begin 6 1/2 -year journey to Mercury; first visit to tiny planet in 30 years

Even in the suburbs, demand for food aid surges as families face hard times

Gone fishin'

Office buzz: how to muffle PC noise

It's back to school time

Talk to us

Daughter puts mom's advice into first book

Cruise industry embracing technology that may soon bring cell phones to ships

Lexus flagship sedan takes luxury to a higher level

Shanna and her friends help kids learn to read

The Lashing Whip

Family uses love of sports as inspiration for updates

Virtual reality, of sorts, for training doctors and nurses

As tides come and go, the land takes a breath

Jeans make comeback for pupils' wardrobes in new styles paired with ponchos, T-shirts

Techbits: Cheap gas, Filtering philanderers, China online

Video game review: Third Thief game fun but flawed
"Thief: Deadly Shadows" is a flawed but ultimately enjoyable video game where big thrills often bump up against major bouts of frustration.

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

Japanese carrier packs purchasing power into cell phone
TOKYO -- As it is, you don't leave home without it. In a world of cashless payment, why not simply make your cell phone a wallet?

Lexus flagship sedan takes luxury to a higher level
Sometimes, plain ol' luxury isn't enough.

Using beepers, hand stamps and more, amusement parks allow visitors to skip long lines
SANDUSKY, Ohio -- Long, dreary and crowded waits can take the wind out of even the most eager thrill seeker.

Spacecraft to begin 6 1/2 -year journey to Mercury; first visit to tiny planet in 30 years
Spacecraft to begin 6 1/2 -year journey to Mercury; first visit to tiny planet in 30 years

Watercooler
PRE-NET: Old enough to recall the days before the Internet took over everything? What if we'd had it for the past century, and you could have tracked major historical event? Which would have been atop your list?

Virtual reality, of sorts, for training doctors and nurses
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. -- The days of new doctors practicing on real patients may be numbered.

Family uses love of sports as inspiration for updates
Brothers Brett and Lance Johnson might never leave the North Augusta home of their parents, C.F. and Donna Johnson.

Even in the suburbs, demand for food aid surges as families face hard times
DELANCO, N.J. -- Appropriately, the Catholic Charities food bank here is tucked in the corner of a shopping mall. Its clients come from generally affluent suburbs; many felt disbelief when hard times compelled them, for the first time, to seek help.

Talk to us
The Chronicle wants to know what readers think of Breakfast Serials and the idea of serialized stories in general.

As tides come and go, the land takes a breath
Washington the millions of americans enjoying beach vacations this summer may not be aware of it, but the land beneath their feet is breathing.

Cruise industry embracing technology that may soon bring cell phones to ships
MIAMI -- Pam Lome loves sitting on the deck when she's on a cruise, the shoreline shrinking on the horizon as the ship pulls out to sea. It's relaxing to know that, at least for a short time, she's leaving her everyday troubles behind.

Jeans make comeback for pupils' wardrobes in new styles paired with ponchos, T-shirts
Cargos and khakis have been kings for years, but jeans - the stalwart wardrobe backbone for generations of teens - are making a comeback.

Office buzz: how to muffle PC noise
Q: My computer is pretty noisy. Anything I can do to make it quieter?

In the know
When Katrina Hightower and Donald Boyd met at work, it didn't matter that he was three years her junior.

Techbits: Cheap gas, Filtering philanderers, China online
TECHBITS: Cheap gas, Filtering philanderers, China online

Rules can have commonsense exceptions
Dear Carson: In response to your column regarding wearing a hat to the dinner table or at a restaurant, I know of one exception to the answer you gave. Because of a stroke my husband suffered some years ago, he cannot read a menu or newspaper without a cap to help deflect the glare of lights. His stroke affected his eyesight. I'm sure other people in a restaurant wonder why he doesn't remove his hat, but he simply cannot. The one place where he does remove it is in church, but even then it takes awhile for his eyes to recover from the lights. - A Weekly Reader

Daughter puts mom's advice into first book
A parent's influence can be far-reaching.

Cars, trucks becoming better equipped for those with physical limitations
DETROIT -- For Heidi McIntyre, starting her car hasn't always been as easy as placing the key in the ignition and turning.

Across the southeast

Scientists track Georgia's bears with cans of sardines
FARGO, Ga. -- Want to know how many black bears live around the Okefenokee Swamp? Scientists did, too, and they turned to an unusual tracking device: cans of sardines.

Task force has slow first year

Privatization benefits draw statewide debate
AIKEN - The Santee Cooper public power utility earned a robust $1.1 billion in 2003, the most since it opened in 1942.

Outside groups push for S.C. tax credits
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Political groups outside of South Carolina are spending money in the state with the goal of the Legislature passing a tuition tax-credit bill.

Augustans quench thirst with area's natural springs
After a day of shopping at Augusta Mall, nothing would quench Ivy Mann's thirst but a refreshing spritzer drink straight from a hole in the ground.

Adams weathers storm of criticism from UGA alumni

Scholars leave musical impression
Trey McLaughlin will be a junior when classes start at Columbus State University in late August.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Miranda Whitfield, 10, of Belvedere.

Task force has slow first year
They came to Fort Discovery in July 2003, representing all sectors of Augusta's community: business, education, law enforcement, media, religion, etc.

Savannah museums told they're no longer tax-exempt
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- For years a group of historic homes and museums in this coastal city have been considered charities, exempt from property taxes.

Find might change theories on man
MARTIN, S.C. - After digging for a decade in the soft, sandy soil of rural Allendale County, Al Goodyear and his team of volunteers unearthed a treasure that could mean the history books about ancient man are wrong.

Athens to install cameras to monitor bar crowds

Adams weathers storm of criticism from UGA alumni
ATHENS, Ga. - It's been a year since the man many University of Georgia alumni and supporters love to hate entered what he has called the most difficult period in his professional life.

Kid of the Day

Polling results enliven parties
ATLANTA - With state Republicans saying the latest primary elections results show they are the majority party in Georgia, Democrats are setting out to prove that rumors of their demise are greatly exaggerated.

Police use skunk oil to deter vagrants

News you can use
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:

Across the area

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Judges, clerk turn themselves in on theft charges
MACON, Ga. -- Two Bibb County judges and a court clerk accused of receiving illegal payments to perform marriage ceremonies have been released on bond after turning themselves into authorities Saturday.

Across Georgia
NEWNAN - Five recent graduates of Northgate High School have pleaded innocent to felony charges for a senior prank.

Athens to install cameras to monitor bar crowds
ATHENS, Ga. -- This college town will install 15 cameras outside bars frequented by students by the end of the year, an effort to improve safety, officials said.

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON - A Mount Pleasant veterinarian whose license was suspended has agreed to permanently stop practicing in the state.

Appeals court to decide effect of ruling on sentences
RICHMOND, Va. -- Confusion over a U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down Washington state's sentencing guidelines prompted the Richmond-based federal appeals court to schedule a rare August hearing on the ruling's impact in the five states it covers, which include South Carolina.

Education, fun unite at family fair
Red and white helium-filled balloons reflected the kinetic energy level of the many children who attended Saturday's Family Fun Fair at the Augusta State University campus.

After primary success, Young Democrats help rebuild limping party

New event showcases agriculture and history
WAGENER-When 3-year-old Dylan Douglas won a green, plastic watering can as a door prize at the Planters Pride Festival on Saturday, he immediately put the garden tool to work.

Lawmaker wants background checks

Exec pleads guilty to fraud
GREENVILLE, S.C. - Former Carolina Investors President Larry Owen pleaded guilty Saturday to securities fraud and was immediately taken to jail in shackles.

Corrections

Police use skunk oil to deter vagrants
COLUMBIA - Drug users and prostitutes are turning up their noses at the condemned buildings they once frequented in Richland County.

Augustans quench thirst with area's natural springs

Corrections
The 2004 PTA Fall Focus Leadership Training and Expo is planned for Saturday at Tubman Middle School. The wrong date was reported in Saturday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle.

Scholars leave musical impression

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Trevor Michael Payne of Augusta.

Exec pleads guilty to fraud

Polling results enliven parties

Across the area

Across South Carolina

Is Christian right losing its punch in Georgia politics?

Across the area
Police are seeking an Augusta man in connection with the shooting of two men early Saturday.

Is the Christian right losing its punch in Georgia politics?
ATLANTA -- The religious right took the Georgia Republican Party by storm in 1988 and has been wielding influence ever since. But after last week's primary elections, some are wondering if it is beginning to lose some of its political punch.

Lawmaker wants background checks
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- A lawmaker wants all large companies that sell to children to conduct background checks of potential employees.

Is Christian right losing its punch in Georgia politics?
ATLANTA -- They took the Georgia Republican Party by storm in 1988 and have been wielding influence ever since. But results from last week's primary elections have left some wondering if the religious right is beginning to lose some of its political punch.

Senate candidate to spend most of week in South Carolina
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Inez Tenenbaum will apparently be watching most of the Democratic National Convention on TV.

Corps recommends partially removing dams for whitewater
COLUMBUS, Ga. -- A study by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recommends the partial removal of two downtown Columbus dams to make way for free-flowing whitewater in a portion of the Chattahoochee River.

Across Georgia

Privatization benefits draw statewide debate

SRS support is harder to find

Spartanburg hospital will continue to use medical chopper
SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- A Spartanburg hospital says the crash of its medical helicopter earlier this month won't end the program.

Is the Christian right losing its punch in Georgia politics?

Natural Resources volunteers help with law enforcement
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- With a third of law enforcement officers from the state Department of Natural Resources lost through budget cuts the past four years, people like David Morris are more vital than ever.

Natural Resources volunteers help with law enforcement

Spartanburg hospital will continue to use medical chopper

Two break out of maximum security prison
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- State Corrections Department officials say two inmates serving time on burglary convictions escaped from Evans Correctional Institution on Sunday after being shot at by an officer.

Appeals court to decide effect of ruling on sentences

Champs stand tall above rest
Willard Fell has spent a lifetime combing Georgia's forests in search of living treasures that deserve recognition.

Across South Carolina

Across the southeast
STERLING HEIGHTS, MICH. - A man suspected of killing a city police officer as he sat in his patrol car committed suicide early Sunday with the officer's gun as a law enforcement team led by U.S. Marshals closed in on him, authorities said.

Senate candidate to spend most of week in South Carolina

Find might change theories on man

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Party's delegates converge in Boston

Kid of the day

Nurse takes care of children first
It seems preordained that Wanda Bell's nickname would be "Ma Bell."

The week ahead

Five questions - Lt. J.G. Madison Woo
Lt. J.G. Madison Woo, a Navy F-14 Tomcat pilot assigned to the USS John F. Kennedy currently conducting operations in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in the Middle East, answers five questions for The Augusta Chronicle.

Nurse takes care of children first

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Outside groups push for S.C. tax credits

SRS support is harder to find
AIKEN - When Butler Derrick filled South Carolina's 3rd District Congressional seat, the Berlin Wall was still standing and the Soviet Union posed a serious threat to the country's safety.

The week ahead
The rule, as far as the burger world is concerned, has always been that bigger is better.

Across the area
A Hephzibah man told police a man shot him in the back while he was in a car leaving an Augusta sports bar Sunday, according to a Richmond County sheriff's report.

Champs stand tall above rest

Across Georgia
GAINESVILLE - A 13-year-old girl on a church outing to Lake Lanier died after being struck by a personal watercraft.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - Officials of the state Corrections Department say two inmates serving time on burglary convictions escaped from Evans Correctional Institution on Sunday.

After primary success, Young Democrats help rebuild limping party
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- At 23, Aaron Polkey knows South Carolina Democratic Party leaders are counting on young activists like him to help rebuild the organization in a state dominated by Republicans.

Desperation is the mother of all inventions
Today's column introduction tips a cap to the best show on television, Comedy Central's The Daily Show with former William & Mary soccer player Jon Liebowitz. Most people know him as Jon Stewart.

New arrivals have their say
GREENSBORO, N.C.- Reality was standing directly inside the front door of the Grandover Resort on Sunday after 51 years of lurking outside.

No consumer is really safe with guys like these
The other day, I returned home from the drugstore with a bottle of medicine that, it turned out, already had been opened by someone else.

'Bourne' drowns 'Catwoman' with $53.5 million weekend debut

Berry claws her way back into superhero fold with 'Catwoman'

George Lucas gets "Revenge" for third "Star Wars" prequel

Berry claws her way back into superhero fold with 'Catwoman'
LOS ANGELES -- There's a new love in Halle Berry's life, and yes, it's one of those Hollywood romances between co-stars. The two met on the set of her latest movie, "Catwoman."

'Fahrenheit 9/11' sets new documentary mark, topping $100 million

Joaquin Phoenix faces more dark forces in 'The Village'

Joaquin Phoenix faces more dark forces in 'The Village'
NEW YORK -- Joaquin Phoenix won't read this article.

'Fahrenheit 9/11' sets new documentary mark, topping $100 million
LOS ANGELES -- Michael Moore joined the $100 million club as his political assault "Fahrenheit 9/11" became the first documentary ever to top that mark at the domestic box office.

'Bourne' drowns 'Catwoman' with $53.5 million weekend debut
LOS ANGELES -- Matt Damon has found supremacy at the box office.

George Lucas gets "Revenge" for third "Star Wars" prequel
SAN DIEGO -- The final "Star Wars" prequel is just "Episode III" no more. Lucasfilm announced its new title Saturday: "Revenge of the Sith."

Beenie Man makes music you can dance to, if not understand
Beenie Man was only 5 when he took the stage for his first performance, and at 10 he ran away from home and released his first album, "The Invisible Beenie Man, Ten Year Old Boy Wonder."

Sound Bites: Music Reviews
The Hives, "Tyrannosaurus Hives" (Interscope)

Q&A: Nina Sky

Q&A: Nina Sky
NEW YORK -- Natalie and Nicole Albino, the 18-year-old twin duo who make up Nina Sky, insist that they're now tempting flash-in-the-pan fate with their infectious radio and club favorite, "Move Ya Body."

Sound Bites: Music Reviews

Beenie Man makes music you can dance to, if not understand

Busch wins race; Injured Earnhardt gets relief
LOUDON, N.H. -- With seven races left until NASCAR's new championship showdown begins, the road to the Nextel Cup title began for Kurt Busch and remained wide open for injured Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Earnhardt, Truex team for 31st
LOUDON, N.H. - It was hard for him to do it and the day didn't work out like he had hoped, but Dale Earnhardt Jr. knew that sharing the No. 8 Budweiser car with Martin Truex Jr. in Sunday's NASCAR Siemens 300 was the team's best - and really its only - option.

Busch makes up some ground
LOUDON, N.H. - There are still seven races left until NASCAR's season-ending 10-race playoff gets underway.

Johnson hopes to get first three-peat today

Earnhardt, Truex team for 31st

NASCAR notebook

Schumacher wins German GP to tie own season victory record
HOCKENHEIM, Germany -- Michael Schumacher took both hands off his Ferrari's steering wheel to wave to fans during a victory lap Sunday.

Kenseth strategy enough for win

Johnson hopes to get first three-peat today
LOUDON, N.H. - Jimmie Johnson's recent luck hasn't been too good when it comes to three-peats, something he'll be out to change in today's NASCAR Siemens 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway.

Busch makes up some ground

Schumacher wins German GP to tie own season victory record

Busch wins race; Injured Earnhardt gets relief

NASCAR notebook
LOUDON, N.H. - NASCAR's new green-white-checkered rule goes into effect during today's Nextel Cup Series race at New Hampshire International Speedway, and there are backers and detractors.

Kenseth strategy enough for win
LOUDON, N.H. - Matt Kenseth couldn't beat the field with speed, so he did it with strategy Saturday in the crash-filled NASCAR Busch Series race at New Hampshire International Speedway.

Atlanta scores summer league win over Portland

Atlanta scores summer league win over Portland
SALT LAKE CITY -- Josh Smith scored a tournament high 26 points and hit 4-of-6 3-pointers to lead the Atlanta Hawks to a 78-74 summer league victory over the Portland Trailblazers on Saturday.

Robinson joins Houston's fold

One last breakaway by Williams: He retires

Falcons notebook

Ms. Sarah Carolyn Walters    (EVANS, Ga.)
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Mrs. Joyce Rivers    (TENNILLE, Ga.)
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Mrs. Patricia Orander    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mrs. Willie Mae Miles    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Carrie Nobles    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mr. Otis Hall    (GREENSBORO, Ga.)
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Mrs. Elizabeth F. Smith (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Crawford Landing (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Mayena Dicks (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Moses Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Sarah Carolyn Walters (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. D. Austin Shelley (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mr. Robert Baquero (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William R. Rush (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mattie Keown (WRIGHTSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Carrie Nobles (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Emma Mae Mills (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Luthera Mitchell (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Quincy Terry (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Jackson Malcom, Sr. (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Moses Williams (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Clifford Still (BARNWELL, S.C.)

Mrs. Eula Mae Haugabook (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Joyce Rivers (TENNILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Wiggerson Gibbons (LOUISVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Geter (BATH, S.C.)

Mr. Jackson Malcom, Sr. (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Otis Hall (GREENSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Willie Mae Miles (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Williams Oliver (SYLVANIA, Ga.)

Mr. Johnnie Perry (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Joseph Byrd (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Jim Kinchen, Jr. (HEPHZIBAH, Ga.)

Mr. Robert Odell Turman (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Alice Kattler (AIKEN, S.C.)

Ms. Tomekicia Booker (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Carl Abney, Jr. (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Wallace Dorn (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. DeAlva Morris (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mrs. Minnie Davis (HEMPSTEAD, N.Y.)

SFC William R. Rush (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

U.S. Olympic men's basketball team prepares to open training camp

U.S. Olympic men's basketball team prepares to open training camp
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- This will not be a Dream Team. A more fitting moniker might be the "I Have a Dream" team.

Senior Center is getting a raw deal from RDC
When I joined the board of the nonprofit Senior Citizens Council several years ago, I thought I would be involved in a sedentary place where senior citizens sat around and used the facility to play a little cards, etc. I had no idea of the incredible variety of activities they enjoyed, including health and exercise classes; line dancing; trips; pinochle and bridge; picnics; classes on computers, nutrition, investments, income tax, Spanish and art; holiday events; and more. I realized that for the hundreds of seniors, coming to the Senior Center each week, it was their everyday home where they met with their friends, black and white.

Editorial was inaccurate and racially divisive
If I had respect for or depended on the well wishes of The Augusta Chronicle, I would be crushed by the post-victory editorial "Why revive Walker?" (July 22). Since I have never relied on your newspaper for support, I take your opinion in stride. However, let me say with a great deal of pride that I am indeed gratified the people of the 22nd District have the only opinion in this matter that really counts. Your editorial only serves to insult and further polarize this community. When are you going to learn that everybody does not share your views?

Senior Center is getting a raw deal from RDC
When I joined the board of the nonprofit Senior Citizens Council several years ago, I thought I would be involved in a sedentary place where senior citizens sat around and used the facility to play a little cards, etc. I had no idea of the incredible variety of activities they enjoyed, including health and exercise classes; line dancing; trips; pinochle and bridge; picnics; classes on computers, nutrition, investments, income tax, Spanish and art; holiday events; and more. I realized that for the hundreds of seniors, coming to the Senior Center each week, it was their everyday home where they met with their friends, black and white.

Editorial was inaccurate and racially divisive
If I had respect for or depended on the well wishes of The Augusta Chronicle, I would be crushed by the post-victory editorial "Why revive Walker?" (July 22). Since I have never relied on your newspaper for support, I take your opinion in stride. However, let me say with a great deal of pride that I am indeed gratified the people of the 22nd District have the only opinion in this matter that really counts. Your editorial only serves to insult and further polarize this community. When are you going to learn that everybody does not share your views?

Overtime

After beating top challenger, WBC champ Gatti looks ahead

Overtime

Armstrong - mix of many motivations - makes cycling history

Litke: Some fans will say all he does is ride a bike

Area sports anouncements

Armstrong in sight of sixth French crown

Austin decked out in yellow for local hero's sixth Tour win

Overtime
In Indianapolis, top seed Andy Roddick fell into a big deficit and faced three match points before coming back to beat Ivan Ljubicic, 1-6, 7-6 (10), 7-6 (3) in the RCA Championships semifinals.

Litke: Some fans will say all he does is ride a bike
PARIS -- On the toughest stretch of road, during the toughest stage of what is arguably the toughest sporting event in the world, Lance Armstrong put the hammer down and roared toward the top of L'Alpe d'Huez. It was a move of such breathtaking power that most of his rivals would have had trouble matching it while driving a car, let alone pedaling a bike.

After beating top challenger, WBC champ Gatti looks ahead
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- Buoyed by an unusually easy victory, WBC junior welterweight champion Arturo Gatti is prepared to take on all comers in his evolution from gutsy brawler to savvy boxer.

Armstrong - mix of many motivations - makes cycling history
PARIS -- Many things motivate Lance Armstrong - and that's why he's the only six-time winner of the Tour de France.

Overtime
In Carson, Calif., another week, another tournament title over a Williams sister for Lindsay Davenport.

Austin decked out in yellow for local hero's sixth Tour win
AUSTIN, Texas -- What started as a surprise victory party in 1999 has become a rite of summer in Lance Armstrong's adopted hometown. Now his loyal fans wonder how much longer the celebrations will go on.

Armstrong in sight of sixth French crown
BESANCON, France - Lance Armstrong capped his most dominant Tour de France with another impressive win in the final time trial Saturday, all but guaranteeing that he will ride into history as the first six-time champion in the race's 101-year history.

Lance wins No. 6
PARIS -- All people saw, on first pass, was a yellow flash tucked within the blur of blue that led the pack down the Champs-Elysees.

Area sports anouncements
Announcements for participatory events must be written, delivered, mailed or faxed to The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928, with a return address and phone number. No phone calls are accepted. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. The announcements will be published weekly.

Deer's future gets debated
SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. - Georgia's No. 1 big game animal influences a lot more than recreational hunting.

Outdoors calendar

Outdoors calendar
NOTE: All the listed events are open to the public, although membership in some organizations may be required.

Deer's future gets debated

Finally, a big one

Outdoors awards
The Augusta Chronicle's outdoors page was honored recently as the recipient of four awards, including first place in the Daily Newspaper Category in the Georgia Outdoor Writers Association's annual Excellence in Craft competition for work published during the 2003 calendar year.

Finally, a big one
specialFinally, a big oneWilliam Burr, 16, has been fishing for two years and, until recently, his best catch was a 4-pound bass from Clarks Hill. But on July 17, he hooked this 10-pound lunker with a plastic worm. The fish jumped three times before being "lipped" and landed. Burr was fishing with his stepfather, Bill Carn, and family friend Rick Busby in McDuffie County.

Outdoors awards

Mason tract left in the best hands
WOODLAWN, S.C.- James Mason enjoyed countless idle afternoons at his family farm off S.C. Hwy. 28, surrounded by the white oaks and antebellum outbuildings that his ancestors called home.

Party's delegates converge in Boston
ATLANTA - With a tight presidential election looming in November, Georgia delegates are preparing for this week's Democratic National Convention in Boston with a sense of purpose some say was lacking four years ago.

Falcons notebook
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Warrick Dunn finally can run without significant pain in his surgically repaired left foot. Now comes the tricky part.

Rams sign first-round draft pick
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Rams signed first-round draft pick Steven Jackson to a five-year contract on Sunday.

One last breakaway by Williams: He retires
MIAMI -- The first sign of a change in Ricky Williams came when he returned from vacation in Australia last winter with a shaved head, the distinctive dreadlocks gone.

Robinson joins Houston's fold
HOUSTON - Dunta Robinson tried to keep his head from spinning as he thumbed through the Houston Texans' nearly four-inch thick defensive playbook.

Mason tract left in the best hands

New arrivals have their say

Desperation is the mother of all inventions

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week ahead
Take a deep breath, cross your fingers and dive into Discovery Channel: It's Shark Week again!

Reality show turns Amish into unlikely TV stars

Reality show turns Amish into unlikely TV stars
LOS ANGELES -- Television is not part of the traditional Amish world. But the Amish are now part of television, like it or not.

People in the News

Parent's resource guide

No Broken Bones, No Burst Bubbles...Mom TV

South Carolina deals with offseason of Clemson talk
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina's Jonathan Alston couldn't go to the grocery store or walk down the street at home in Charleston the past several months without someone bringing up his team's biggest failure last season - the 63-17 loss to Clemson that closed a disappointing year.

What To Do

South Carolina deals with offseason of Clemson talk

Prisoner's journal while on the lam inspires song in North Carolina