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.

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

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.

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

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.

Ripe tomatoes can be used as shell for stuffing
How many ways can you enjoy tomatoes at the peak of their season? The possibilities are endless, from salads to tomato sandwiches.

Rogers reigns 10 years later
ARLINGTON, Texas - Kenny Rogers was perfect, yet he didn't even realize it.

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.

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.

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.

If you go to Loch Ness, be sure to load the camera

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.

Odds and Ends
FLORISSANT, Colo. -- No elephants need apply.

Drew keeps Braves atop East

Things are all Wright
PITTSBURGH - The Atlanta Braves tracked mud all over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday night and generally acted like unwelcome house guests against the hottest home team in the National League during a 4-2 win at PNC Park.

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

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.

Toyota recalling 128,316 Camry sedans

Leader says schools, suits scare businesses

Business briefs
The latest Georgia Hospital Association report said MCG Health System Inc. contributed more than $843 million to state and local economies in 2002.

Business briefs

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.

Gas prices dip less than a penny as refinery projects end

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.

RealNetworks to sell songs that will play on iPod

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

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:

Frisbee maker reaches out to hard-core players

Toyota recalling 128,316 Camry sedans
DETROIT -- Toyota Motor Co. is recalling 128,316 Camry sedans because the side air bags may not inflate properly, the automaker said Monday.

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.

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

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.

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

Leader says schools, suits scare businesses
Georgia needs to strengthen its education system and reform tort laws to recruit more business to the state, said the state's top business leader.

In scandal weary world, companies turn to ethics training

Sales of existing homes climb to new record
WASHINGTON -- Sales of existing homes rose 2.1 percent to a new record in June as rising mortgage rates prompted a rush by Americans to close deals before rates went even higher.

RealNetworks to sell songs that will play on iPod
RealNetworks says new technology allows songs from its service to play on iPod

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.

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.

Purnell heading to Olympics
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson coach Oliver Purnell might be the most unrecognizable person on the United States Olympic team's basketball bench at the Athens Games next month.

Florida State picked No. 1
GREENSBORO, N.C. - The Atlantic Coast Conference is about to begin a season of change.

Coker: Miami still clean after recruiting Williams

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.

LoSchiavo reconnects with his past

Miracle man

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.

Beyond the script
It's a shame the two major parties' political conventions have become what they are: multimillion-dollar infomercials and taxpayer-subsidized pep rallies.

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

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.

Beech Island rescue

Miracle man
The popularity of a sport has nothing to do with the degree of athleticism it takes to prevail in that sport.

Points on appointments

Beyond the script

Some perspective, please

Documentary puts focus on hip-hop music in the South
As feuds between East coast and West coast artists brewed in the early 1990s, another section of the country's hip-hoppers sat on the sidelines, waiting patiently for their time in the limelight.

People in the News
MIAMI -- Salsa legend Celia Cruz, a Cuban exile who later became an anti-communist icon of the Cuban-American exile community, was refused an artist's visa to visit America at least twice in the 1950s, according to recently declassified documents.

Notorious flop 'Showgirls' bares all in self-mocking DVD
LOS ANGELES -- It was "42nd Street" with pasties, "All About Eve" with a G-string. Only those movies were cinema classics, while "Showgirls" was so bad that adjectives such as awful, wretched and appalling somehow seemed too kind.

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

Tokyo stocks end lower, dollar down against yen
TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks slipped Monday amid worries about the earnings prospects for Japanese exporters. The U.S. dollar was lower against the Japanese yen.

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.

BellSouth reports higher profit

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

Markets wait expectantly for earnings
NEW YORK -- With second quarter earnings disappointing thus far, investors were expected to pay close attention to the raft of fresh earnings reports due in the coming week in hopes of finding better news.

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

American Express reports 15 percent increase in earnings

BellSouth reports higher profit
ATLANTA -- Telecommunications giant BellSouth Corp. reported a 5 percent gain in second-quarter profit on flat revenue as it continued to lose access lines but benefited from growth in its long-distance and high-speed Internet services.

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.

Survey: lower-income, minority home buyers choose ARMs

International Paper profits more than double
STAMFORD, Conn. -- International Paper Co. said Monday its second-quarter profit more than doubled from a year ago, citing improving economic conditions, better prices and stronger demand.

Stocks fall as Nasdaq, S&P set new 2004 lows

Gas prices dip as refinery projects end
CAMARILLO, Calif. -- Gas prices dropped slightly in the past two weeks as refineries finished projects that temporarily caused a dip in production, an industry analyst said Sunday.

International Paper profits more than double

Survey: lower-income, minority home buyers choose ARMs
WASHINGTON -- Lower-income and minority buyers are most likely to choose adjustable-rate home mortgages over fixed-rate loans but are especially likely to be hurt by the rising interest rates that often accompany ARMs, according to a survey released Monday.

Weekly Treasury rates rise to highest level since 2002
WASHINGTON Interest rates on short-term Treasury bills rose in Monday's auction to the highest level since 2002.

Weekly Treasury rates rise to highest level since 2002

Stocks fall as Nasdaq, S&P set new 2004 lows
NEW YORK -- Increasingly despondent investors sent stocks falling again Monday, as poor earnings outlooks and concerns about the economy eclipsed a pair of multibillion-dollar mergers. The Nasdaq composite index and Standard & Poor's 500 both closed at new lows for the year.

Tokyo stocks end lower, dollar down against yen

Big Movers in the Stock Market
NEW YORK -- Stocks that were moving substantially or trading heavily Monday on the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq Stock Market.

Gas prices dip as refinery projects end

Google to sell shares at $108 to $135
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Clarifying some of the details behind its highly anticipated stock offering, Internet search leader Google Inc. on Monday estimated its market value to be as high as $36 billion, rivaling corporate stalwarts such as McDonald's Corp. and Sony Corp.

American Express reports 15 percent increase in earnings
NEW YORK -- American Express, the consumer finance and travel company, on Monday said its profits rose 15 percent in the second quarter to $876 million, or 68 cents a share, beating analysts' estimates by a penny a share.

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.

No consumer is really safe with guys like these

Franco wins in Milwaukee for second time

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.

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.

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.

Warren pulls away with seven-stroke victory

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.

Jackets pursue playoff spot

If you go to Loch Ness, be sure to load the camera
The U.S. Postal Service sent out an announcement last week reporting that its delivery is at "an all-time high."

Man drowns in lake
An Augusta man drowned at Thurmond Lake today after being last seen on a beach at Wildwood Park, Columbia County authorities said.

Man drowns in lake
An Augusta man drowned at Thurmond Lake today after being last seen on a beach at Wildwood Park, Columbia County authorities said.

Take right ones to task on airport

Suspected school arson is a tragedy

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.

Editorial exposes court's hypocrisy
Thank you for recognizing the hypocrisy of the International Court of Justice in ignoring the 20,000 terror attacks that have taken place in Israel in the past 3 years ("West Bank and mistrust," editorial, July 13). There has been a 70 percent decrease in the number of fatalities since the fence went up. It is exactly that: a chain-link fence in 95 percent of the area covered, with concrete walls on high ground where snipers took shots at women and children. Leah Ronen Evans

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.

Editorial exposes court's hypocrisy

Plan for theater is ill-conceived
Recently, the Edgefield County Council voted 3-2 to borrow $200,000 to help build a theater in downtown Edgefield. Now, all taxpayers of our county will be paying taxes to support this controversial and financially risky project. David Tollison Edgefield, S.C.

Trial lawyers getting undeserved criticism

Trial lawyers getting undeserved criticism
The Bush administration is doing everything it can to discredit trial lawyers, trying to make it appear that they are less than honorable. I would like my Republican friends to think what it would be like if we didn't have lawyers to keep big corporations from running wild. Carroll C. Kenny Martinez

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

Suspected school arson is a tragedy
On behalf of Congregation Children of Israel, we express our sincere sadness about the recent destruction of Kashmir's oldest school, reported July 13 in The Augusta Chronicle. Meryl H. Alalof Rabbi Robert G. Klensin

Heat, humidity wreak havoc on summer do

The Winner's Circle: Meeting Rachel

Watercooler

Video game review: Third Thief game fun but flawed

Hollywood aims to conquer picky comic-book fans

New computer virus disrupts search engines

Office buzz: how to muffle PC noise

Senior calendar

California dairies are turning manure to money

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

Techbits: Cheap gas, Filtering philanderers, China online

Comic-Con Briefs: 'Sky Captain,' 'Lost,' 'The Simpsons' and 'Star Wars'

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

Senior calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists activities and groups of interest to senior citizens. Please call the service agencies for information. To have your activity listed, write to Seniors Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

California dairies are turning manure to money
FRESNO, Calif. -- More than a dozen dairies in California are building contraptions to turn one of their least-valued products - the gases that rise from decomposing manure - into one of the state's most sought-after commodities - energy.

Hollywood aims to conquer picky comic-book fans
SAN DIEGO -- Sometimes the archenemy of a superhero movie is the super-fan, the kind with the power to create a firestorm of negative buzz on the Internet over a perceived injustice to a beloved character.

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.

Heat, humidity wreak havoc on summer do
Everything has its season, including bad hair. "I'd have to say it is summer," said Tonia Crews, a stylist at Cut-N-Up Hair Studio in Martinez. "If you don't use some kind of product on your hair this time of year, you usually can't control it."

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.

Osteoporosis diagnoses, doctors' visits surge with new drugs
CHICAGO -- The number of Americans diagnosed with osteoporosis surged sevenfold over the past decade, coinciding with the development and marketing of new drugs to treat the bone-thinning condition, a study found.

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

Comic-Con Briefs: 'Sky Captain,' 'Lost,' 'The Simpsons' and 'Star Wars'
SAN DIEGO -- It has been 15 years since the death of renowned British actor Laurence Olivier - but he's making a Hollywood comeback.

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?

The Winner's Circle: Meeting Rachel
STORY SO FAR: On Ben's first morning at Wind Rider Farms, a savage rider taunts Ben and does everything possible to make him feel the weight of his father's guilt.

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

Health and fitness calendar
The health and fitness calendar is a listing of support groups, activities and lectures. Send information to Health Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

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?

New computer virus disrupts search engines
NEW YORK -- A new computer virus disrupted Google, Yahoo and other leading search engines Monday as it tried to spread itself by repeatedly performing automated queries for additional e-mail addresses.

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.

Champs stand tall above rest

3-vehicle accident kills two

Democrats train to get out vote

Spartanburg hospital will continue to use medical chopper

Ruling reduces Sunday alcohol
AIKEN - A court ruling out of Greenville could spell the end of Sunday beer and wine sales in Aiken supermarkets and convenience stores, state officials acknowledged Monday.

Privatization benefits draw statewide debate

5-year-old girl drowns in river
A 4-year-old girl drowned Monday at New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam on the Savannah River.

Paper mill will reopen

Ruling reduces Sunday alcohol

News you can use
JULY 27, 1953 Augustans last night received the news of the signing of the armistice in Korea with mixed emotions. There was no demonstration on the streets, but in the homes throughout the county, there was joy that the war had ended.

Fair operator faces civil suit
A civil racketeering lawsuit has been filed against James H. Drew III, an Augusta businessman accused of making illegal campaign contributions in North Carolina.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Varen Birt, 10 months, of North Augusta.

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.

School requests funds for aircraft mechanics
Augusta Technical College is waiting to see whether a long-anticipated aircraft mechanics school will come to campus, as has been discussed for the past four years.

Across the area
A woman in her 30s died as the result of a collision with a flatbed truck on a south Richmond County highway Monday, authorities said.

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.

Police still search for escapees
COLUMBIA - The hunt continues for two inmates who appear to have had help escaping from a maximum security state prison in Marlboro County.

Student code addresses problem of gang activity
Gang activity gets its own section in the proposed Student Code of Conduct expected to pass at tonight's meeting of the Richmond County Board of Education.

5-year-old girl drowns in river

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON - A police officer died after he crashed riding his motorcycle in the early morning hours, and the state Highway Patrol is looking for a driver who they say caused the accident.

Is Christian right losing its punch in Georgia politics?

3-vehicle accident kills two
COLUMBIA - Two people were killed and several were injured when a tour bus carrying a Georgia family heading home from a reunion collided with a tractor-trailer Monday.

Horse diseases have yet to reach state this year

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.

Counties get schools off list
Talk about a turnaround.

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.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - The agency that manages the state's natural resources will be under new management. The Board of Natural Resources on Monday approved Noel Holcomb as the new commissioner of natural resources.

News you can use

Across the southeast

Waste upsets board of SRS

Paper mill will reopen
A defunct Augusta paper mill is scheduled to open under new owners next year and create 40 to 60 new jobs.

Ruben wants fireman's apology

Ruben wants fireman's apology
Downtown Augusta businesswoman Bonnie Ruben took her complaint about an Augusta-Richmond County Fire Department inspector to city officials Monday and asked for "a simple apology."

Across the area

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

Across the Southeast

Across Georgia

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.

Man drowns in lake

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.

The week ahead

Athens to install cameras to monitor bar crowds

After primary success, Young Democrats help rebuild limping party

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.

Counties get schools off list

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.

Hopeful's remark raises ire of rival

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.

Kid of the day

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.

Appeals court to decide effect of ruling on sentences

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.

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

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.

Kid of the day

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

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.

School requests funds for aircraft mechanics

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

Rants and raves
I HAVE A RANT for the DFCS office in Richmond County. If they're investigating a parent, why do they tell the parent when they're coming out and when they're scheduled for a drug test? This gives the person time to get their system cleaned before they come around to check them out when these parents are truly unfit. Someone needs to do something with the DFCS office in Richmond County.

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.

Peeping suspect carries record
A minister accused of videotaping up the skirts of teenage girls at Augusta Mall had been arrested on a similar charge before, records state.

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.

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.

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

Horse diseases have yet to reach state this year
AIKEN - When veterinarian John Haddon started caring for sick animals in Aiken County 30 years ago, eastern equine encephalitis was a major problem, while West Nile virus had not made it to the United States.

Across Georgia

Oxford offers deal for debates
ATLANTA - Millionaire businessman Cliff Oxford volunteered Monday to give up the financial advantage that enabled him to advertise heavily in the race for the Democratic Senate nomination if runoff rival Denise Majette will meet him in three debates.

Senate candidate to spend most of week in South Carolina

Hopeful's remark raises ire of rival
ATLANTA - An unscripted comment Monday by Democratic Senate candidate Cliff Oxford led rival Denise Majette's campaign to charge the millionaire businessman with trying to boost his chances "by dividing the state along racial lines."

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

Lawmaker wants background checks

Natural Resources volunteers help with law enforcement

Oxford offers deal for debates

Outside groups push for S.C. tax credits

Democrats train to get out vote
BOSTON - Vowing to match and perhaps surpass the grass-roots savvy of their Republican competitors, Democratic leaders Monday launched a massive campaign training program for delegates at their national convention.

Is the Christian right losing its punch in Georgia politics?

Waste upsets board of SRS
AIKEN - Orphaned plutonium and a roiling dispute about plans to leave several tons of grout-laced high-level nuclear waste in steel storage tanks headlined the start Monday of a two-day meeting of the Savannah River Site's Citizens Advisory Board.

Nurse takes care of children first

Across the Southeast
LEXINGTON, Ky. - A Hustler Hollywood store in Lexington began selling sexually oriented adult material Monday, three days after its owners filed a federal lawsuit against the city to claim their constitutional rights were violated, but before the court issued a ruling.

SRS support is harder to find

Towns will vote on name issue
BURNETTOWN - The Burnettown Town Council voted Monday night to let voters say in November whether they want the name of Burnettown changed to Midland Valley.

Rants and raves
I HAVE A RANT for the DFCS office in Richmond County. If they're investigating a parent, why do they tell the parent when they're coming out and when they're scheduled for a drug test? This gives the person time to get their system cleaned before they come around to check them out when these parents are truly unfit. Someone needs to do something with the DFCS office in Richmond County.

Irish family persists in inheritance fight
SAVANNAH, Ga. - After exhuming at least four bodies in an attempt to prove a link to an inheritance, the O'Regan family of County Cork, Ireland, is planning to dig up seven more on the Emerald Isle.

Man drowns in lake

Across South Carolina

Across the area

Student code addresses problem of gang activity

Bowden's job not a worry this year
GREENSBORO, N.C.- Quarterback Charlie Whitehurst ... facility enhancements ... renewed enthusiasm ... increased expectations ... brutal schedule.

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.

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

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

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."

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

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

'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.

Q&A: Nina Sky

Hip-hop stars aim to get fans to the polls in November

Hip-hop stars aim to get fans to the polls in November
NEW YORK -- When Sean "P. Diddy" Combs unveiled his get-out-the-vote initiative, it had all the elements of hot album release party.

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

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."

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."

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.

Busch makes up some ground

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 wins race; Injured Earnhardt gets relief

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

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.

Earnhardt, Truex team for 31st

Schumacher wins German GP to tie own season victory record

Lawyers still want trial date
DENVER - Prosecutors still plan to take NBA star Kobe Bryant to trial on a sexual assault charge, despite a judge's decision that could make it harder to win a conviction.

Lawyers still want trial date

Falcons prepare for finale at Furman

Williams marching to his own beat

One last breakaway by Williams: He retires

Miami left with a Minor dilemma

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

Good as gold: Anthony pledges U.S. win
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Carmelo Anthony has a message for Argentina, Lithuania and the other best basketball teams from around the world: The United States is going to win at the Athens Games.

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.

Athens tests new security system after transport drill
ATHENS, Greece -- Security officials tested a new communication and surveillance system Monday that will serve as the nerve center for authorities at next month's Olympic Games.

NATO agrees to provide additional counterterrorism help
BRUSSELS, Belgium -- NATO has agreed to provide extra forces under alliance command to help Greece protect next month's Olympic Games from potential terror attacks, officials said Monday.

Athens tests new security system after transport drill

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

Can current success sustain sport?

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

Overtime

Armstrong - mix of many motivations - makes cycling history

Place in history up to the fans

After beating top challenger, WBC champ Gatti looks ahead

Smoking serves on the way, but can they be returned?

Smoking serves on the way, but can they be returned?
Now that the clay court and grass court seasons are over, professional tennis is in the midst of the hard court season - a season that seems to bring out the hardest serves of the year.

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.

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.

Place in history up to the fans
How much easier it would be for everybody involved if what Lance Armstrong has done could be appreciated on its own merit. If it could be put in some sort of normal perspective, in a proper place in the realm of sports and the world at large.

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.

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.

Can current success sustain sport?
AUSTIN, Texas - Lance Armstrong's run of six consecutive Tour de France victories has raised cycling's profile in the United States to unprecedented levels.

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.

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

Falcons prepare for finale at Furman
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - When the Atlanta Falcons hold training camp next year, Jim Mora will have the option of seeing his family every night.

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.

Miami left with a Minor dilemma
With Ricky Williams retired, Travis Minor becomes the Dolphins' No. 1 running back - at least for now. That's a worrisome downgrade for a team built on defense and ball control.

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.

Williams marching to his own beat
Over a five-day span, Ricky Williams flew from the Bahamas to Miami to Hawaii to Tokyo to Los Angeles.

New arrivals have their say

Bowden's job not a worry this year

'Enterprise' blasts off into familiar space
From the Eugenics wars to the Orions to Vulcans stressing peace, Star Trek: Enterprise is boldly going back to the roots planted by Trek creator Gene Roddenberry.

'Enterprise' blasts off into familiar space

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.

Notorious flop 'Showgirls' bares all in self-mocking DVD

People in the News

Documentary puts focus on hip-hop music in the South

People in the News

Evans says he calls his own shots

Evans says he calls his own shots
ATLANTA - Saying he's not a puppet for the university president, Georgia athletic director Damon Evans insisted Monday that he's the one calling the shots in his department.

South Carolina deals with offseason of Clemson talk

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.

LoSchiavo reconnects with his past
In his prime, John LoSchiavo was never the best amateur golfer in Augusta, but he was one of them.

Question of the week
Are school dress codes unreasonable?

Senior citizens deserve help

Back to the classroom

My style
THE FACTS: Tiffany "Tip" Gillians, 15, a rising sophomore at Glenn Hills High School

Girl should tell gay friend truth
THIS WEEK'S QUESTION: I just had this friend tell me she was gay and she likes me. The problem is, I'm not gay. How should I answer her question?

4-1-1
Attention, all hip-hop heads: If you're starting to lose the thrill of wearing your favorite shoes and you need something to rekindle your love for them, consider getting a graffiti airbrush design on your beloved kicks.

Girl should tell gay friend truth

Senior citizens deserve help
Picture yourself aging. Your friends leave, and you become lonesome, humble and what those "young'uns" call old. Sometimes it even seems no one cares anymore.

Back to the classroom
It's four weeks before classes start and Zack Albrecht, 18, is nearly ready.

My style

Question of the week

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Odds and Ends

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