About 350,000 copies of 9/11 commission book sold
NEW YORK -- At least 50 million hits have been recorded on the Web site of the Sept. 11 commission.

About 350,000 copies of 9/11 commission book sold

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.

Patriots sign free agent tight end
FOXBORO, Mass. -- The New England Patriots signed unrestricted free agent tight end Zeron Flemister Tuesday.

Davis signs two-year, $6 million extension with Brewers
MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee Brewers signed left-handed pitcher Doug Davis to a two-year contract extension Tuesday that could be worth up to $5.95 million.

Davis signs two-year, $6 million extension with Brewers

Burke has concussion, no hard feelings
CHICAGO -- Chicago White Sox catcher Jamie Burke had a mild concussion and was sore Tuesday after he was run over at the plate the night before by Minnesota's Torii Hunter.

Rivalry draws record number

Burke has concussion, no hard feelings

Aiken gears up for Dixie's best

Pettitte frustrated with latest setback
HOUSTON -- Astros pitcher Andy Pettitte has a small tear in a tendon in his left elbow, and he might have to return to the disabled list for the third time this season.

Aiken gears up for Dixie's best
John Luton is ready for the Dixie Junior Boys World Series to get started.

Test results on ailing Giambi not yet available
TORONTO -- The New York Yankees were still waiting for test results Tuesday that could explain why slugger Jason Giambi has been feeling so weak.

Rivalry draws record number
The July 25 game between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox shown on ESPN was the network's highest-rated Sunday night baseball game.

Angels put Washburn on disabled list, call up Pride
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Anaheim Angels put left-hander Jarrod Washburn on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday and called up outfielder Curtis Pride from Triple-A Salt Lake.

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

Odds and Ends
BROOKVILLE, Ohio -- A Nevada couple devoured their competition in the first watermelon-eating contest to be sanctioned by the International Federation of Competitive Eating.

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

Golfing across Mongolia, one stroke at a time
NEW YORK -- Andre Tolme has just finished a round of golf with an eagle on the 18th hole. But his score was 506.

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.

Smoltz applauds sterling starters
PITTSBURGH - As a former starter, John Smoltz appreciates the demands on a starting rotation. He understands the rigors of taking a turn every five days and the expectations of a six-state fan base that is accustomed to seeing Cy Young winners march to the mound.

Estrada has forgettable night in loss
PITTSBURGH -Down 4-2 in the seventh inning, the Pittsburgh Pirates stormed back with five runs - four on Rob Mackowiak's bases-loaded double and catcher Johnny Estrada's double error - to stun the Atlanta Braves, 8-4, before 15,946 fans at PNC Park on Tuesday night.

Smoltz applauds sterling starters

Estrada has forgettable night in loss

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.

Company becomes 'best' by catering to employees

Toyota recalling 128,316 Camry sedans

Oil prices briefly surge above $42
WASHINGTON Crude oil surged above $42 a barrel Tuesday as concerns about supplies, terrorism and strong demand weighed on the market.

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

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.

RealNetworks to sell songs that will play on iPod

Georgia firms take outsourcing deal to India
BANGALORE, India -- The U.S. firm First Consulting Group, based in Atlanta, will hire 160 programmers in India's technology hub of Bangalore to develop software for Witness Systems, another Atlanta-based company, the firm's officials said Tuesday.

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.

New home sales edge down slightly in June
WASHINGTON -- New home sales edged down 0.8 percent in June after soaring to a record sales pace in May, the government reported Tuesday.

Business briefs
Georgia Bank Financial Corp., holding company for Georgia Bank & Trust Co., has declared a regular quarterly dividend of 13 cents per share of common stock payable Aug. 11, 2004, to shareholders of record as of today.

Martha Stewart Omnimedia names new chairman
NEW YORK -- Venture capitalist Jeffrey Ubben stepped down as chairman of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc., the company said Tuesday, ending his 14-month tenure as chairman in the wake of Stewart's stock trading scandal.

Company becomes 'best' by catering to employees
PHILADELPHIA - Once a month, when he runs out of underwear, Phu Lieu, 26, takes a bag of dirty clothes into work at Analytical Graphics Inc. in Exton, Pa.

Authority considers selling naming rights for subway stations, tunnels
NEW YORK -- The agency that oversees New York City's massive transit system is considering whether to sell naming rights to its subway stations, bus lines, bridges and tunnels, according to a newspaper report.

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.

Sarah Jessica Parker makes her mark on Gap jeans
NEW YORK -- The burning fashion question over at Gap these days is: "How do you wear it?"

Distributor to invest $5 million in Greenville County site

Consumer confidence hits two-year high
NEW YORK -- Consumer confidence rose for the fourth straight month in July thanks to steady improvements in the job market, the Conference Board reported Tuesday, putting the indicator at a two-year high.

Leader says schools, suits scare businesses

Medicare gets another overhaul

Oil prices briefly surge above $42

Business briefs

Distributor to invest $5 million in Greenville County site
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- A distributor will build a $5 million center in Greenville and could bring 150 jobs to the Upstate in five years, the Commerce Department says.

Medicare gets another overhaul
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration is filling in the multibillion-dollar details of last year's Medicare overhaul, from the drug insurance program that starts in 2006 to the payment rates for cancer doctors.

New home sales edge down slightly in June
WASHINGTON -- New home sales edged down 0.8 percent in June after soaring to a record sales pace in May, the government reported Tuesday.

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.

SEC's Slive wants focus back on field

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

Miami conditionally admits top recruit

Fulmer not completely safe from subpoenas
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- An attorney representing two former Alabama coaches in a lawsuit against the NCAA could try to have a subpoena served to coach Phillip Fulmer in Tennessee.

Miami conditionally admits top recruit
MIAMI - Miami will admit top recruit Willie Williams, but will impose tough conditions on the star linebacker who has a lengthy arrest record the school was unaware of when it offered him a scholarship.

SEC's Slive wants focus back on field
HOOVER, Ala. -- Mike Slive can recite the Southeastern Conference's numerous national titles and academic and athletic honors, but he can't force the attention back to those triumphs.

ACC nears title site decision
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Most of the business left unsettled from this week's Atlantic Coast Conference Football Kickoff will be taken care of on the field in the next few months.

ACC nears title site decision

Fox Sports Net extends agreement with Big 12
Big 12 Conference football games will remain on Fox Sports Networks through the 2011 season after the league and the network agreed Tuesday to a four-year contract extension.

Fulmer not completely safe from subpoenas

Auburn's balance of power shifts - temporarily, at least
HOOVER, Ala. -- Tommy Tuberville is expecting the balance of power at Auburn to shift this season, and it has nothing to do with his job security.

Auburn's balance of power shifts - temporarily, at least

Okafor's bum ankle not major

USC Aiken has numbers on side

The Big Four rule in SoCon

LoSchiavo reconnects with his past

Carter's self-loathing

Carter's self-loathing
Self-loathing. Naive. Disloyal. Unpatriotic.

Does it matter?
Democrats tout their party as a bastion of tolerance. But is it?

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

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.

Miracle man

Beyond the script

A healthy flip-flop
John Kerry has given flip-flopping a bad name, but there's nothing wrong with a flip-flop when it serves the public interest.

Does it matter?

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.

Report: Pierce Brosnan says Bond is 'behind him'
NEW YORK -- Pierce Brosnan appears to be turning in his license to kill, says Entertainment Weekly.

Prosecutor alleges Michael Jackson imprisoned boy, family
SANTA MARIA, Calif. -- A prosecutor said Tuesday that pop star Michael Jackson enticed a young boy, then imprisoned him and his family at his Neverland Ranch and forced them to make a video absolving him of molestation claims.

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.

Statue honoring Bob Newhart dedicated in Chicago
CHICAGO -- "Hi Bob!" could become a popular phrase on Michigan Avenue.

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.

The top five list
Here are the top five TV shows, movies, music, concerts and videos.

People in the News
LOS ANGELES -- The success of "Fahrenheit 9/11" is making Michael Moore's life a bit easier on his next film.

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.

DuPont reports drop in second quarter earnings

Tokyo stocks lower on Wall Street's fall
TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks fell for the fourth straight session Tuesday as investors sold high technology blue chips following a difficult session on Wall Street. The U.S. dollar was slightly higher against the Japanese yen.

Survey: lower-income, minority home buyers choose ARMs

BellSouth reports higher profit

Demand drives U.S. Steel profits higher
PITTSBURGH -- U.S. Steel Corp. second-quarter profits surged on rising demand, higher steel prices and increased sales driven by its acquisition of National Steel last year, the company said Tuesday.

DuPont reports drop in second quarter earnings
WILMINGTON, Del. -- DuPont's net income dropped 25 percent in the second quarter, reflecting the costs of an ongoing $900 million restructuring plan, the company said Tuesday.

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.

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

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

L-3 Communications earnings rise on strength across units
NEW YORK - L-3 Communications Holdings Inc.'s second-quarter earnings surged 65 percent, propelled by strong performance across its business segments, including defense electronics and training services.

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.

Queen opens new London Stock Exchange

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.

Public pension funds get boost from Microsoft dividend

Queen opens new London Stock Exchange
LONDON -- Queen Elizabeth II opened the new London Stock Exchange Tuesday, moving the bourse from its home of more than 200 years.

Tokyo stocks lower on Wall Street's fall

Public pension funds get boost from Microsoft dividend
ALBANY, N.Y. -- It's not just Microsoft stockholders who will see a nice bump in their bank accounts just before Christmas thanks to the software giant's dividend of $3 a share. Public employee pension funds also will see an infusion of cash.

Dow up 123 on positive earnings, solid consumer confidence

Lockheed earnings up 22 percent on aircraft sales
BETHESDA, Md. -- Lockheed Martin said Tuesday that a surge in combat aircraft sales helped push earnings up 22 percent in the second quarter, overshadowing higher pension costs and beating Wall Street expectations for the defense giant.

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.

Demand drives U.S. Steel profits higher

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

Tokyo stocks end lower, dollar down against yen

Dow up 123 on positive earnings, solid consumer confidence
NEW YORK -- Wall Street barreled out of its slump Thursday, soaring in response to a solid consumer confidence reading and a strong earnings outlook from Verizon Communications. The Dow Jones industrials gained more than 120 points, springing back above 10,000.

Weekly Treasury rates rise to highest level since 2002

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.

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.

International Paper profits more than double

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.

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.

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.

Verizon's earnings jump five times higher on wireless sales increase
NEW YORK -- A 25 percent surge in wireless services sales helped boost Verizon Communications Inc.'s second-quarter profit five times higher from a year ago, the company said Tuesday. The results beat Wall Street expectations.

American Express reports 15 percent increase in earnings

World leaders' chefs whip up feast fit for kings
WASHINGTON -- The chef for Canada's prime minister prepared caribou, which he described as a "big hairy deer." The chef for the Grand Duke of Luxembourg tended to vegetable ravioli. The aroma of pigeon from the Frenchman, yogurt from the Indian and a meaty knuckle of pork from the German filled the room.

Small portions
Wine might be the headline-grabbing health tonic du jour, but don't dismiss juice, which is loaded with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, suggests Self magazine.

Book's simple recipes alleviate cook's work
CONCORD, N.H. - Peter Berley became inspired to write his latest cookbook, an ode to fast and flavorful, after realizing how much trouble his teenage daughter would have preparing recipes from his first book.

Book's simple recipes alleviate cook's work

World leaders' chefs whip up feast fit for kings

Event to keep traditional format of play
Since 1979, when continental Europeans were first allowed to compete, the Ryder Cup has consisted of 28 matches in three days - eight alternate-shot and better-ball matches, followed by 12 singles on Sunday.

Ryder Cup system stuck in past
Scott Verplank is 12th in the Ryder Cup standings with three tournaments left, and he will have only himself to blame if he fails to earn one of the 10 spots on the U.S. team.

From trees to tees

Event to keep traditional format of play

From trees to tees
ROSLYN, Wash. - Towering pine trees, empty mine shafts and rising slag piles serve as reminders of this town's history, while finely trimmed fairways and greens embody a dream of its future.

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.

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."

Pfizer seeks buyer for Augusta plant
Pfizer is shedding its Augusta chemicals plant, which could result in layoffs.

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.

Peaceful Islam must quash extremism
Regarding H. Hashimi's letter published July 20 ("Cartoon offended on many levels") in which he objected to the use of the word "Islamic" in association with terrorists, extremists, fundamentalists, etc.: W. Jenkins Martinez

Tenure editorial missed key details

Editorial exposes court's hypocrisy

Augusta Commission is incompetent

Richmond must fight for new arena
It would seem the political system in Richmond County is broken beyond repair. Sam Roney Martinez

Suspected school arson is a tragedy

Augusta Commission is incompetent
If it is stupid, they will do it. Elliott Mumper Augusta

Trial lawyers getting undeserved criticism

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

Richmond must fight for new arena

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

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

Lake security has been undermined
Starting July 19, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers eliminated the gate attendants at Clarks Hill recreation areas on weekdays to save money. It appears the safety of the general public is of no concern to the Corps, since the "no alcohol" and "no pets" signs will have little support with an open gate. Michael P. Deal Martinez

Peaceful Islam must quash extremism

Boy Scout camp is exemplary
Four years ago I swore I would never take my Boy Scout Troop 12 to Camp Linwood Hayne (CLH). It was the worst summer camp that I had ever attended - the lack of enough food at each meal, the administration and the programs offered were a disgrace to scouting. Steve Goff Augusta

Tenure editorial missed key details
Every time the teacher tenure issue becomes a political hot button ("Tenure vs. competence," July 10 editorial), it comes off sounding like most teachers with tenure are incompetent. Gene Walker Thomson

Editorial is just blowing lots of smoke
America is a free country, or at least it used to be - a country where businesses could count on customers and the market to drive their direction and policies. Tim Altmix Evans

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.

Hollywood aims to conquer picky comic-book fans

The Winner's Circle: Meeting Rachel

New computer virus disrupts search engines

Prep companies claim they can help more than ever

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

Study finds yawning is contagious among chimpanzees

Senior calendar

Conquering the trapeze bar is no easy task for circus outsiders

California dairies are turning manure to money

Heat, humidity wreak havoc on summer do

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.

Rutan to make bid for $10 million spacecraft prize
SANTA MONICA, Calif. -- The SpaceShipOne craft that cracked the commercial space flight barrier will be launched in September in a bid to win the $10 million Ansari X Prize, pioneering aviation designer Burt Rutan announced Tuesday .

Conquering the trapeze bar is no easy task for circus outsiders
With the possible exception of the lion tamer, for a lot of children there is no cooler circus performer than the flying trapeze artist.

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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

Study finds yawning is contagious among chimpanzees
TOKYO -- Ai, a 27-year-old chimpanzee in western Japan, watches another chimp yawn, quickly rolls back her head and soon is showing the pink inside of her mouth in a gaping yawn of her own.

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.

Prep companies claim they can help more than ever
NEWTON, Mass. -- Sporting a shirt embroidered with the Princeton Review logo, David Ragsdale darts around his small classroom, handing back practice essays for the new SAT and offering each student a bullet-point comment.

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.

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.

Mother of girl left in car is arrested
A Hephzibah woman has been accused by Richmond County sheriff's deputies of leaving her 4-year-old daughter inside a closed vehicle alone for an hour Saturday, a police report states.

Student code addresses problem of gang activity

DFCS allowed unpaid overtime
The Richmond County Department of Family and Children Services has had to pay more than $18,000 to caseworkers forced to work overtime without pay.

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.

Ruling reduces Sunday alcohol

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."

3-vehicle accident kills two

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.

Across the area
An Augusta man who was camping with a friend at Wildwood Park drowned in Thurmond Lake on Tuesday afternoon, Columbia County authorities said.

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.

Democrats train to get out vote

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.

Snake book proves to be real charmer

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.

S.Carolina's numbers decline; Georgia's rise

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."

News you can use

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.

Snake book proves to be real charmer
Six years ago, University of Georgia herpetologist Whit Gibbons was delighted over all the interest in his simple book Snakes of Georgia and South Carolina.

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.

Prayer ruling affects South
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Government council leaders across the Southeast face giving up sectarian prayers some have used for ages after a 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision last week said the town of Great Falls can't invoke Jesus Christ's name.

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.

Man drowns in lake

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.

Across the area

Counties get schools off list
Talk about a turnaround.

Aiken County OKs third charter school

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.

Prayer ruling affects South

Pfizer seeks buyer for Augusta plant

2 colleges go nuclear amid trend

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.

Dress code bans get OK; race issue raised

Treacherous waters

Counties get schools off list

Kid of the day

News you can use

Center seeks help in CEO search

Prisoner re-entry panel to ask leaders for funds
A committee charged with implementing a new prisoner re-entry program in the area soon will be asking Augusta commissioners for about $20,000 to help with program costs.

Schools make yearly progress

Schools prepare for 215 transfers
AIKEN - With less than two weeks until the first day of class, Aiken County education officials are reworking bus schedules and trying to find space for 215 pupils changing schools as a result of No Child Left Behind.

Schools reject sex offenders
When Columbia County schools start back Tuesday, sex offenders won't be listed on any teacher's class roll.

Prayer ruling affects South
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Government council leaders across the Southeast face giving up sectarian prayers some have used for ages after a 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision last week said the town of Great Falls can't invoke Jesus Christ's name.

Treacherous waters
The lower Savannah River is widely regarded as one of the South's most beautiful rivers - and also one of the most dangerous.

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.

Tax is capped at $380 million
Augusta commissioners capped the amount that would be collected from the next phase of the special-purpose sales tax at $380 million Tuesday.

Hopeful's remark raises ire of rival

Missed days no longer allowed
In a surprising move Tuesday, the Richmond County Board of Education voted to stop allowing unexcused absences.

Support helped student recover

Dress code bans get OK; race issue raised
Race became an issue Tuesday night as the Richmond County Board of Education discussed bans on gold teeth, gang-related clothing and excessively large belts.

Across Georgia

News you can use
July 28, 1943 Of approximately 40 Augusta liquor stores checked Monday and Tuesday by Office of Price Administration investigators, only one was found to be selling at ceiling prices, Perry Brannon, chief district attorney for OPA, announced last night.

Man drowns in lake

Across Georgia
MOULTRIE - A hearing in the case of a guidance counselor accused in an alleged testing scam was postponed after he suffered a mild stroke.

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.

Across South Carolina
MYRTLE BEACH - A mother and father have been arrested after their 5-month-old baby was fatally injured in an Atlantic Beach motel room.

Across the area

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.

Across the area

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.

Support helped student recover
Just walking in from the parking lot at Medical College of Georgia makes Hend Hilali tired. Considering how far she has come, it is not surprising.

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.

Schools make yearly progress
THOMSON, Ga. - There was reason for dancing Tuesday in McDuffie County schools. New Superintendent Mark Petersen led all of his principals in a celebratory jig at the central office in Thomson after Georgia released its list of schools that made adequate yearly progress for 2004.

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.

Rants and raves
I SEE IN THE PAPER where Betty Beard accuses Danny Craig of destroying former Augusta Fire Chief Ronnie Few. While she was campaigning, she was also accusing The Augusta Chronicle of ruining poor little Ronnie Few, which she said was a good boy. I think she should move to whatever town he is at now.

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.

Prayer ruling affects South

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 South Carolina

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

Hanging out

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.

Waste upsets board of SRS

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.

Across Georgia

Oxford offers deal for debates

2 colleges go nuclear amid trend
AIKEN - South Carolina has nuclear power plants that produce 60 percent of the state's power, a federal atomic-weapons complex and a bevy of nuclear scientists at the Savannah River Site.

Paper mill will reopen

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Jeremy LaRoy Owens, 4, of Evans.

Across the area
An Augusta man who was camping with a friend at Wildwood Park drowned in Thurmond Lake on Tuesday afternoon, Columbia County authorities said.

Rants and raves
I SEE IN THE PAPER where Betty Beard accuses Danny Craig of destroying former Augusta Fire Chief Ronnie Few. While she was campaigning, she was also accusing The Augusta Chronicle of ruining poor little Ronnie Few, which she said was a good boy. I think she should move to whatever town he is at now.

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S.Carolina's numbers decline; Georgia's rise
AIKEN - While it may not be apparent to the frequently overloaded agents of South Carolina's Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services, the number of parolees and probationers in the state is actually going down, bucking a national trend.

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.

Aiken County OKs third charter school
AIKEN - When Jessica Helget starts ninth grade next year, she wants to study music and dance - classes that wouldn't be part of the curriculum in most traditional high schools.

Horse diseases have yet to reach state this year

Hanging out
Kristopher Hall, 9, (left) and his cousin Ryan Stephens, 10, goof off on playground equipment at a park in Ryan's North Augusta neighborhood. The pair were out playing at the park Tuesday.

School requests funds for aircraft mechanics

Center seeks help in CEO search
An Augusta mental health center will turn to its financial consultant to help it end a long search for a new leader.

Across the Southeast

Around town
Bill Jenkins walks to shore with his dog, Rusty, after fly fishing in the Savannah River.

5-year-old girl drowns in river

Kid of the day

Ruben wants fireman's apology

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

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.

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

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

Smokey Robinson steps out on faith with gospel album

Aerosmith going strong, but say music industry collapsing
TOKYO -- As the gates at the Tokyo Dome were just opening and thousands of fans beginning to stream in for the night's sold-out show, Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler offered a simple explanation of what it feels like to be rock 'n' roll icon:

Aerosmith going strong, but say music industry collapsing

Judge might release court details
DENVER - The judge in the Kobe Bryant sexual assault case indicated Tuesday he wants to settle a First Amendment fight with the media by releasing at least some details from a closed-door hearing on the accuser's sex life and other potential evidence.

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.

Judge might release court details

Lawyers still want trial date

Okafor's bum ankle not major
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Emeka Okafor sprained his right ankle Tuesday, and Tim Duncan stayed behind at the team hotel because of an upset stomach, depriving the already undersized U.S. Olympic team of two big men on their second day of practice.

The Big Four rule in SoCon
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - If anything summed up a year of change at the top of the Southern Conference last fall it was this: champion Wofford made the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs and longtime powers Appalachian State, Furman and Georgia Southern did not.

USC Aiken has numbers on side
Mike Brandt didn't have to spend as much time recruiting as other local basketball coaches this year. In fact, he's now taking a few weeks of vacation.

First-round pick Andrews agrees to deal with Eagles

Oakland releases veteran safety after failing physical

Williams marching to his own beat

Vikings sign pro wrestling star Brock Lesnar

Atlanta waits on top choices

Miami left with a Minor dilemma

Falcons prepare for finale at Furman

Patriots sign free agent tight end

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Profile obituary: Mrs. Betty Turner
Betty Turner's five children wanted their mother's many friends and customers to really understand how much she genuinely loved caring for her pets, and her clients' pets, too.

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Riflery team is aiming for gold
FORT BENNING, Ga. - Dale Parker won't need to waste much time bonding with some of the other shooters on the U.S. Olympic rifle 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.

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.

Moroccan to head bid panel
LAUSANNE, Switzerland - Former Olympic gold medalist Nawal El Moutawakel of Morocco will head the panel evaluating the five cities bidding for the 2012 Summer Games.

Athens tests new security system after transport drill

Williams has heart, but will guts matter against Tyson?

Place in history up to the fans

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

Network blinked at the finish

High insurance costs worry horse trainers

Can current success sustain sport?

Williams has heart, but will guts matter against Tyson?
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - You know Britain's Lennox Lewis, right? He's the former heavyweight champion - one of three to retire with the belts wrapped around his waist - and he was the best the division had to offer. Sure, he was knocked out by underdogs Oliver McCall and Hasim Rahman - eventually, he beat both in rematches - but he was big and strong and he vanquished Mike Tyson with ease.

Network blinked at the finish
NEW YORK - After riding in Lance Armstrong's slipstream to record ratings, the Outdoor Life Network was left trying to explain how it could miss the six-time champion crossing the finish line at the Tour de France.

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.

High insurance costs worry horse trainers
HOLLY HILL, S.C. -- South Carolina is home to almost 50 horse farms where thoroughbred owners from across the nation send their million-dollar animals for training. But high workers' compensation costs could cause some trainers to seek greener pastures.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Vikings sign pro wrestling star Brock Lesnar
MINNEAPOLIS -- Brock Lesnar is hoping to become the next big thing for the Minnesota Vikings.

Atlanta waits on top choices
GREENVILLE, S.C. - General manager Rich McKay eased some mild tension Tuesday night when three of the Atlanta Falcons' five unsigned draft picks agreed to contract terms.

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.

Oakland releases veteran safety after failing physical
ALAMEDA, Calif. - The Oakland Raiders released safety Rod Woodson on Tuesday after the 11-time Pro Bowler failed a physical.

Patriots sign free agent tight end
FOXBORO, Mass. -- The New England Patriots signed unrestricted free agent tight end Zeron Flemister Tuesday.

First-round pick Andrews agrees to deal with Eagles
BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- First-round pick Shawn Andrews agreed to a six-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles on Tuesday, shortly before rookies were due to report for their first meeting of training camp.

Bowden's job not a worry this year

'Enterprise' blasts off into familiar space

Jay-Z lead nominees for MTV's popular awards
MIAMI -- The MTV Video Music Awards are all about scene-stealing stunts, so it was fitting Tuesday when the network announced that stars will approach this year's red carpet on luxury yachts and the entire show will be host-free.

HBO resists copying with its originality

Jeff Foxworthy offers 'Redneck' humor on 'Blue Collar TV'

HBO resists copying with its originality
NEW YORK - Last week, as HBO stole everybody's thunder with 124 Emmy nominations for programs such as The Sopranos, Curb Your Enthusiasm and Angels in America, a pair of broadcast networks was accusing a rival of stealing their plans for unscripted series about boxing and wife swapping.

Jeff Foxworthy offers 'Redneck' humor on 'Blue Collar TV'
LOS ANGELES -- The deer's ears twitch as "detective" Jeff Foxworthy tries to interrogate the animal.

'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.

Ky. governor says he'll go on 'Tonight Show' to improve state's image
FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Calling it an opportunity to improve Kentucky's image, Gov. Ernie Fletcher will go on Jay Leno's late-night TV talk show, where the comedian earlier this month suggested this state motto: "Kentucky: Got Teeth?"

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

Baseball All-Star Game leads ratings pack in slow week for television
NEW YORK -- Fans of "ER" apparently don't make house calls in the summer.

Jay-Z lead nominees for MTV's popular awards

People in the News

Documentary puts focus on hip-hop music in the South

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

The top five list

People in the News

Report: Pierce Brosnan says Bond is 'behind him'

Statue honoring Bob Newhart dedicated in Chicago

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.

Evans says he calls his own shots

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

Back to the classroom

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Question of the week
Are school dress codes unreasonable?

My style

Question of the week

Senior citizens deserve help

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.

Girl should tell gay friend truth

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.

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?

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