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.

Play portrays humor in relationships
More Saturday-night sketch comedy than The Sound of Music, the popular off-Broadway musical I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change tells the world's oldest story - boy meets girl - in a number of unusual ways.

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

'Forever Tango' returns to Broadway
NEW YORK -- Cigarettes, high heels and fancy footwork fill the Shubert Theater, as "Forever Tango" struts back onto Broadway.

'Forever Tango' returns to Broadway

Twins out-swing White Sox in 10 innings

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.

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

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.

Mets suspend Spencer in wake of DUI arrest
MONTREAL -- Shane Spencer appears to have worn out his welcome with the New York Mets.

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.

Mets suspend Spencer in wake of DUI arrest

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.

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.

Aiken gears up for Dixie's best

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

Burke has concussion, no hard feelings

Twins out-swing White Sox in 10 innings
CHICAGO -- Justin Morneau circled the bases twice, and both times apparent home runs by the Minnesota rookie disappeared when umpires huddled and reversed their original calls.

Brown might be back Friday
TORONTO - New York Yankees right-hander Kevin Brown will likely return from the disabled list Friday and start against the Baltimore Orioles.

Benitez likely out until next week

Aiken park stars in Dixie Series
If you build it, they will come.

Athletics defeat Mariners

Benitez likely out until next week
MIAMI -- Florida Marlins closer Armando Benitez might be sidelined until next week because of inflammation in his pitching elbow.

Rivalry draws record number

Athletics defeat Mariners
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Mark Mulder earned his 14th victory when pinch-hitter Mark Kotsay singled home the winning run in the ninth inning, and the Oakland Athletics beat Seattle 3-2 Wednesday for the Mariners' team-record 15th straight road loss.

Aiken park stars in Dixie Series

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

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.

Latest area births

Latest area births
Jackson Paul Boshell: Michael and Laura Boshell, of Martinez, announce the birth of a son, Jackson Paul Boshell, Tuesday, July 13, 2004, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Paul Niemeyer, of Roanoke, Va., Peggy Niemayer and Alice P. Boshell, both of Grovetown, and the late Billy Boshell.

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
OSLO, Norway -- A 4-year-old boy caused chaos at a Norwegian airport when he crawled on a luggage conveyor belt and rode it like a merry-go-round.

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.

Fla. man survives alligator attack by punching gator in the nose
TAVARES, Fla. -- An 11-foot alligator attacked a man pulling weeds along the shore of a lake, but he saved himself by punching the beast in the nose.

Estrada has forgettable night in loss

Smoltz applauds sterling starters

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.

Ortiz claims 100th victory
PITTSBURGH - From the moment he walked through the clubhouse door, shook hands with his new teammates, and donned an Atlanta uniform, Russ Ortiz has had a profound effect on the Braves.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?"

First Bank earnings climb through lending
First Bank of Georgia's holding company reported a 21 percent increase in net income during the second quarter of 2004 as it focused more on typical bank operations.

Federal Reserve releases economic conditions report

Pfizer will sell plant in Augusta
Pfizer is shedding its Augusta chemicals plant, potentially resulting in layoffs.

Medicare gets another overhaul

Business briefs
Citing low interest, Clear Channel Radio CSRA is dropping Fox Sports Radio (1340 AM) for Southern Gospel favorites.

Company becomes 'best' by catering to employees

Distributor to invest $5 million in Greenville County site

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.

Tax holiday pays off for shoppers, stores
Olena Ray walked into Computer Exchange a week ago looking to upgrade from her 4-year-old computer.

U.S. crude prices hit 21-year high

Oil prices briefly surge above $42

GM headed for best sales month of 2004, executive says

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.

Tax holiday pays off for shoppers, stores

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.

Pfizer will sell plant in Augusta

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.

GM headed for best sales month of 2004, executive says
WIXOM, Mich. -- General Motors Corp. is on track to post its best sales month of the year in July, rebounding from a disappointing June, the automaker's top sales analyst said Wednesday.

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.

Federal Reserve releases economic conditions report
Following are comments concerning economic conditions in the Federal Reserve's 12 regional bank districts:

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.

U.S. crude prices hit 21-year high
LONDON -- Crude prices shot to a 21-year high Wednesday as markets reacted to a threat by Russian authorities to shut down most of the production from that country's largest oil company.

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.

Bulletproof vest manufacturer accused of failing to disclose flaws
WEST HOMESTEAD, Pa. -- The nation's largest manufacturer of bulletproof vests for police was accused in a lawsuit brought by Pennsylvania's attorney general Tuesday of failing to disclose for years that the material in some models deteriorates with exposure to fluorescent light, heat and humidity.

Orders for big-ticket durable goods climb 0.7 percent in June
WASHINGTON -- After falling for two months, orders to U.S. factories for big-ticket durable goods rose 0.7 percent in June, the Commerce Department reported Wednesday.

Business briefs

SEC's Slive wants focus back on field

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.

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.

Texans agree to terms with two draft picks

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

Kentucky, Mississippi relying on versatile QBs

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.

SEC's first black football coach keeps focus on winning, not race
HOOVER, Ala. -- Sylvester Croom spoke at length about his reception at Mississippi State, his new quarterback, his anticipated first game against Alabama, his alma mater.

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 proposes fifth year for football players
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The Atlantic Coast Conference has proposed making football players eligible to compete for five years, saying the extra season might allow some students to get their degrees rather than leave school early.

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.

Kentucky, Mississippi relying on versatile QBs
HOOVER, Ala. -- Kentucky's Shane Boyd and Mississippi's Michael Spurlock have plenty in common. They're both mobile, athletic quarterbacks charged with replacing prolific drop-back passers this season.

SEC's first black football coach keeps focus on winning, not race

Texans agree to terms with two draft picks
HOUSTON -- The Houston Texans signed cornerback Vontez Duff and safety Glenn Earl on Wednesday, ensuring their entire nine-member draft class will be on the field when training camp begins Saturday.

ACC nears title site decision

Fulmer not completely safe from subpoenas

Miami conditionally admits top recruit

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.

The Big Four rule in SoCon

USC Aiken has numbers on side

Okafor's bum ankle not major

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

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

Does it matter?

Is this guy for real?
Depending on what happens tonight, this year's Democratic National Convention may be remembered most for having introduced Barack Obama to the national stage.

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.

Show up and dress up
Not only had Richmond County students better get to school this year, but they'd best be dressed properly.

Carter's self-loathing

Getting the job done
After backing and filling for months, Augusta commissioners finally are doing what they were elected to do - setting priorities and making the tough decisions on how to spend taxpayers' money. They are off to an encouraging start.

People in the News
NEW YORK -- Who better to preside over awards such as "Choice Hissy Fit" and "Choice Liplock" than Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie?

New home-video releases
What's new on selected home-video releases:

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

Justin Timberlake obtains restraining order against photographer
SANTA MONICA, Calif. -- Justin Timberlake obtained a restraining order against a photographer who allegedly was stalking the pop star, the singer's publicist said Tuesday.

Petrified dog draws tourists to Georgia's forest museum
The Southern Forest World Museum in downtown Waycross, Ga., just north of the Okefenokee Swamp, was built with a noble mandate - to educate the public about the importance of forestry to the Southern economy.

Japan rejects deportation appeal by Bobby Fischer
TOKYO -- Japanese immigration officials have rejected former world chess champion Bobby Fischer's appeal of their decision to deport him for attempting to travel on an invalid U.S. passport, and adviser to Fischer said Wednesday.

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

Training camps offer interactive activities for diehard fans
During the school year, the campuses of Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C., and Furman University in Greenville, S.C., are academic oases, quiet centers of higher learning.

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

Club calendar
Here's a list of entertainment at Aiken-Augusta nightclubs.

Applause calendar
GET LISTED: Send your event or group's schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

Road trip
ERIN GO GA: The third annual North Georgia Celtic Festival is scheduled to run Saturday and Sunday. The event will feature live music, more than 40 vendors, an Irish pub, dancing and medieval combat demonstrations. Admission is $10 for one day or $15 for both.

Latest circus production features razzle-dazzle with a new intimacy
The Greatest Show on Earth has gotten a little less grand, and veteran circus performer Tom Dougherty couldn't be happier.

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.

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.

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

Courtney Love sentenced to 18 months of rehab in drug case
LOS ANGELES -- Courtney Love was sentenced Tuesday to 18 months in drug rehab, closing one chapter in a troubled saga that began when she was accused of trying to break into her ex-boyfriend's home while high on cocaine.

Michael Jackson surprises shoppers at Houston mall
HOUSTON -- Michael Jackson signed autographs for surprised shoppers as he bought toys and stuffed animals at a Houston mall.

Augusta-area waterways offer a place to get away from heat
Want to beat the Augusta heat? Get outdoors and enjoy one of the area's many waterways.

Tokyo stocks lower on Wall Street's fall

Tokyo stocks' rise on strong tech sector

Google IPO likely to generate fabulous wealth
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Google Inc.'s initial public stock offering next month will instantly transform hundreds of Silicon Valley workers into millionaires, at least on paper.

Public pension funds get boost from Microsoft dividend

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.

Dow up 123 on positive earnings, solid consumer confidence

Bonds rise on weaker than expected economic data
NEW YORK -- Bonds bounced back on Wednesday on weaker than expected economic data.

Company introduces credit score for 'underserved' consumers

Boeing posts $607 million profit, raises outlook

Tokyo stocks' rise on strong tech sector
TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks bounced back Wednesday from a four-day slide, with brisk buying of technology and auto issues propelling the market's main index more than 1.5 percent higher. The U.S. dollar was higher against the Japanese yen.

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.

Sony profit surges in latest quarter
TOKYO -- Sony Corp.'s profit surged as improved results from its cell-phone joint venture Sony Ericsson and other businesses in which it has an investment stake more than offset weaker operating results from its electronics and video-games businesses which saw shipments of its PlayStation 2 machines tumble.

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.

Honda Motor posts 12 percent rise in first quarter profits
TOKYO -- Japan's third biggest automaker, Honda Motor Co., posted a 12 percent rise in profits for the first fiscal quarter Wednesday as robust sales helped offset unfavorable currency rates.

Time Warner net falls in second quarter
NEW YORK -- Time Warner Inc. reported a 27 percent decline in second quarter earnings Wednesday compared with the same period a year ago, when the company recorded large gains from investments and a settlement with Microsoft Corp. Other measures of profitability as well as revenues rose.

Kmart stock soars with release of analyst report

Kmart stock soars with release of analyst report
DETROIT -- Kmart Holding Corp.'s stock soared 14 percent Tuesday on the heels of a Deutsche Bank report that said the discount retailer's real estate holdings could be worth up to $150 per share.

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

Google IPO likely to generate fabulous wealth

Bargain hunters emerge at the close
NEW YORK -- A late-day rush of bargain hunting rescued Wall Street from a losing session Wednesday, overcoming record-high oil prices and disappointing economic news that had kept the major indexes in negative range for most of the session. Blue chip stocks closed higher, but tech stocks still lagged.

Big Movers in the Stock Market

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.

Time Warner net falls in second quarter

DuPont reports drop in second quarter earnings

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.

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.

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.

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.

Queen opens new London Stock Exchange

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.

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.

Boeing posts $607 million profit, raises outlook
CHICAGO -- Boeing Co. swung to a $607 million second-quarter profit from a loss a year earlier and raised its forecast for earnings and 2005 airplane deliveries Wednesday, citing the latest signs of recovery in the long-stagnant commercial aviation market.

Demand drives U.S. Steel profits higher

Company introduces credit score for 'underserved' consumers
NEW YORK -- Some American consumers have a tough time qualifying for credit cards, mortgages and other loans because they don't have a credit history - young people, recent immigrants, the newly divorced or widowed, and members of ethnic groups that traditionally haven't used credit.

Boeing posts $607 million profit, raises outlook

Wild about wings

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.

General Tso - warrior, innovator ... chicken?

Grubbin'
THE EATERY: Freeman's Bar-Be-Que, 1060 Sand Bar Ferry Road, Beech Island

World leaders' chefs whip up feast fit for kings

Tilly's relocates to larger building to accommodate more customers
In a former life, the building at 3156 Wrightsboro Road was a Shoney's, a 7 Star Buffet and for a few months, a Surf and Turf Buffet. On Friday, it will assume the identity of Tilly's Peas and Butter Beans, which is moving from its first home just down Wrightsboro Road.

Grubbin'

Wild about wings
Some like 'em hot, some not, while others prefer them tangy or sweet.

Book's simple recipes alleviate cook's work

General Tso - warrior, innovator ... chicken?
WENJIALONG, China -- Zuo Kuanxun wrinkles his face in skepticism, and you can hardly blame him. A foreign visitor has appeared without warning to inform him that his great-great-great grandfather - battlefield hero and crusher of rebellions against the imperial Qing court - is renowned on restaurant menus across the sea.

Tilly's relocates to larger building to accommodate more customers

Funny-shaped peach the latest in new-produce craze
BIGLERVILLE, Pa. -- Some people who grew up on big round peaches are developing a taste for a variety that looks like it's been squashed by a dictionary.

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.

Funny-shaped peach the latest in new-produce craze

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.

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.

Record breaker

Forest Hills pro to also manage club
When Robby Watson stepped onto Forest Hills Golf Club as a college freshman 20 years ago, he didn't like what he saw. More specifically, what he didn't see.

From trees to tees

Record breaker
Nine-year-old Taylor Ramsey of Martinez, Ga., broke one of Charles Howell's first records in June at West Lake Country Club. She was 1-under-par for four holes from the ladies tees in the 9-and-under tournament. Howell's record was 17, 1-over-par.

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.

Forest Hills pro to also manage club

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.

UBS Cup, Kiawah Island will get together again
The UBS Cup, which held its inaugural event at Kiawah Island's famed Ocean Course in 2001, will return to the South Carolina island this fall to play at the Cassique golf course.

North-South game switches sites

North-South game switches sites
The SCADA North-South High School All-Star game has gone Coastal - moving to Coastal Carolina's Brooks Stadium for the next two years starting in December.

Coyotes make Brett Hull offer
PHOENIX -- The Phoenix Coyotes have made a two-year contract offer to right wing Brett Hull.

Bruins sign RW Fitzgerald to 2-year deal

Bruins sign RW Fitzgerald to 2-year deal
BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins agreed to terms Wednesday with right wing Tom Fitzgerald on a 2-year contract.

Room to race at the Glen
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. -- In its heyday, Watkins Glen International was one of the premier road course facilities in the world.

Race teams poised for title runs
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Few can argue stock car racing has changed. Races now are treated like productions, not competitions.

Keep on Truckin'
Truck driver's do NASCAR's toughest driving.

Truck drivers do NASCAR's toughest driving
JOLIET, Ill. - An hour following the final practice session for the race at the Chicagoland Speedway - and a full day before the main event -- Jeff Seaberg was thinking only about sun and sand.

NASCAR's most popular track
BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Imagine a racetrack that's twice the size of a football field. Now put 165,000 seats, add enough sound to drown a B-52 with the smell of searing brakes and tires and you have the racing experience known as the Bristol Motor Speedway.

Michigan track demanding of teams
BROOKLYN, Mich. - The smokestacks of Ford, General Motors and DaimlerChrysler assembly plants are an hour away, so a win at the Michigan International Speedway gives one company major bragging rights.

Jimmie Johnson: Burrito lover, prankster
JOLIET, Ill. -- Jimmie Johnson, who grew up in the San Diego suburb of LaJolla, is a fan of Mexican food and pranks.

Indy: A kiss with tradition
SPEEDWAY, Ind. -- The scoring tower and the yard of bricks at the finish line of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is considered the most-significant landmarks in racing.

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.

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

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

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

Tenure editorial missed key details

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

Richmond must fight for new arena

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

See Moore's film, and pray for president

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

See Moore's film, and pray for president
Contrary to the White House, Rush Limbaugh and Fox News, I recommend all Americans see the movie Fahrenheit 9/11 for enlightenment. The American people have been the successful target of a massive misinformation campaign, and we have no one to blame other than ourselves. Fahrenheit 9/11 raises issues the news has conveniently concealed. Roy Ellis, Augusta

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

Local culture, recreation has soared
Like Jimmy Carter's malaise speech, your editorial upbraiding Augustans for failing to "invest in themselves" is completely off the mark ("What's wrong with Augusta?" July 14). Christian Stracke Augusta

Augusta Commission is incompetent

Use terrorists' tactics against them
Even before we pull out of Iraq, our military needs to begin a reorganization effort geared to dismantling al-Qaida. As al-Qaida is primarily a cell-oriented organization - both autonomous and reporting to Bin Laden or whoever is in charge now - so should our military fight be against them throughout the world. We should also incorporate the use of Arab infiltrators who are Christians, or any Arab dedicated to the goal of seeing their demise. Michael Rhoden North Augusta, S.C.

Local culture, recreation has soared

Use terrorists' tactics against them

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

'Spider-Man 2' offers swinging action

Study finds yawning is contagious among chimpanzees

Microsoft tests news search service

Conquering the trapeze bar is no easy task for circus outsiders

Prep companies claim they can help more than ever

Coal-to-diesel plant closer to reality

Coal-to-diesel plant closer to reality
GILBERTON, Pa. -- Cars running on coal? It could happen in this country - someday.

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.

Protein discovery might help prevent premature births
CHICAGO -- Scientists have taken a big step toward developing an earlier, safer and simple test that could help prevent perhaps 175,000 premature births in the United States each year.

Microsoft tests news search service
SEATTLE -- News junkies rejoice: now there's another place to search the Internet for the hottest news stories of the moment.

'Spider-Man 2' offers swinging action
The popular Grand Theft Auto games came under fire because many parents didn't realize until too late that the go-anywhere, do-anything style of game play was letting young players go too far and do too much.

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 .

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.

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.

Treacherous waters

General for 3rd Infantry predicts 2005 Iraq tour
FORT STEWART, Ga. - The commanding general of the Army's 3rd Infantry Division on Wednesday predicted, with a strong note of caution, that his 19,000 troops likely won't return to Iraq until next year.

House fire kills teen
BEECH ISLAND - A 17-year-old former Midland Valley High School student, described by neighbors as a "sweet kid," died in a fire early Wednesday morning in his father's Beech Island home.

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.

Developer could face EPD fine
A developer associated with a Grovetown subdivision must correct erosion and sediment violations and possibly pay civil penalties, according to an administrative order from Georgia's Environmental Protection Division.

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.

Across the area

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.

British TV comes to honor Brown
On Wednesday, James Brown brought the British to Broad Street.

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 South Carolina
SUMMERTON - Residents in this tiny town in Clarendon County thought they were going to get recognized as one of the best towns in the country.

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.

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.

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.

Center seeks help in CEO search

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

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.

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.

Touring Tenenbaum stands up to critics
AIKEN - It isn't Labor Day yet, but the sparks already are flying in the general election campaign for U.S. Senate in South Carolina.

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.

Illinois deputies capture fugitive
COLUMBIA - Deputies in central Illinois have captured one of two inmates who escaped from a maximum security prison in Marlboro County, and authorities said they thought they were close to catching the second fugitive.

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.

Around town
George Gibizov pieces together a staircase while preparing for the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center. The show starts today.

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.

School settles walk issues
A squabble over street-hugging sidewalks in front of Warren Road Elementary School has been settled.

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

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.

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.

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.

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 South Carolina

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

2 colleges go nuclear amid trend

Schools make yearly progress

Across the area

Inmate will meet with lawyer

Inmate will meet with lawyer
CHARLESTON, S.C. - A Qatar native with alleged al-Qaida ties has been granted meetings with attorneys a month after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that people held as enemy combatants should have access to lawyers and American courts, his lawyer said Wednesday.

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.

First tenant comes to park
SNELLING, S.C. - The four-year wait for laminated-flooring manufacturer Kronotex USA to put down roots in Barnwell County's South Carolina Advanced Technology Park was more than a little tense for Southern Carolina Alliance CEO Danny Black.

Aiken County OKs third charter school

Majette critical of party, Oxford
BOSTON - U.S. Rep. Denise Majette on Wednesday unleashed a blistering critique of wealthy political candidates who fund their own campaigns, comments she said include Cliff Oxford, her competitor for Georgia's Democratic U.S. Senate nomination.

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.

Across the area
An Augusta man was killed instantly Wednesday after his minivan was struck by an 18-wheeler hauling logs near Swainsboro, according to the Georgia State Patrol's Swainsboro post.

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.

Convention will hit Hardy's hometown
To some, having 400 Laurel and Hardy enthusiasts from all over the world converge in one place might seem strange. But to the small city of Harlem, there is no greater accomplishment.

School settles walk issues

Lawyers call stillborn baby verdict unfair
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Lawyers for the first woman in South Carolina convicted of killing her unborn child by drug abuse want a judge to overturn her conviction because they say she did not get a fair trial.

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.

Rants and raves
IN RESPONSE to the person who stated that Charles Walker is innocent until proven guilty, I agree with you. However, when you implied that all black people support him, this is not so. I, for one, am black and I DO NOT support Charles Walker.

Insurance watchdog looks out for troops
The head of the state's insurance watchdog agency has started an investigation into agents scamming soldiers at Georgia's military bases.

Official explains removal of facility's lightning rod
Disconnecting part of the Richmond County Law Enforcement Center's lightning protection during renovations is necessary to complete repairs to the roof, officials say.

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

ASU offers summer plays
The students take over the theater this week.

Upscale plan is cheapened for Olde Town

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.

News you can use

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

Illinois deputies capture fugitive

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.

Prayer ruling affects South

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.

Around town

Upscale plan is cheapened for Olde Town
An Atlanta developer's plans to convert the old John Houghton Elementary School and the Widows' Home on Greene Street into 47-unit multifamily apartments for low-income tenants has Olde Town residents feeling duped.

ASU offers summer plays

Touring Tenenbaum stands up to critics

British TV comes to honor Brown

Across the area

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Meghan Whitfield, 8, of Belvedere.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - An employee of the Atlanta Police Department has been fired after being accused of using financial information from an officer's bank account to make a $700 online purchase.

Rants and raves
IN RESPONSE to the person who stated that Charles Walker is innocent until proven guilty, I agree with you. However, when you implied that all black people support him, this is not so. I, for one, am black and I DO NOT support Charles Walker.

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.

Kid of the day

Support helped student recover

Convention will hit Hardy's hometown

Pfizer seeks buyer for Augusta plant

Developer could face EPD fine

Kid of the day

Across Georgia

News you can use

Around town

Hanging out

First tenant comes to park

Prayer ruling affects South

Majette critical of party, Oxford

Snake book proves to be real charmer

Insurance watchdog looks out for troops

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

General for 3rd Infantry predicts 2005 Iraq tour

Doctor in sex abuse case gets bond back
ATLANTA - A Gainesville doctor accused of flying to Russia to have sex with boys had his bond reinstated this week, but was ordered to remain at a halfway house until his trial.

Dress code bans get OK; race issue raised

Across Georgia

Bin Laden's brother disputes aspects of 'Fahrenheit 9/11'
PARIS -- A half-brother of Osama bin Laden says he enjoyed most of Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11," except for what he called "inaccuracies" about his family.

Mini-reviews
Movies are listed with theater locations through Wednesday.

Mini-reviews

Sonic Spotlight

Aerosmith going strong, but say music industry collapsing

Hot ticket

Concert calendar
Here's a list of upcoming area concerts. The list includes concerts that are within easy driving distance from the Augusta area.

Hot ticket
THE ACT: 311, with The Roots WHEN: 7 p.m. Saturday THE VENUE: HiFi Buys Amphitheater, 2002 Lakewood Way, Atlanta

Sonic Spotlight
NAME: Lance McAnly AGE: 33 HOMETOWN: Tampa, Fla.; moved to Augusta when he was 16

Top 20 concert tours
The Top 20 Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows in North America. The previous week's ranking is in parentheses. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers.

'Chronicle' songwriting contest deadline set
Do you have a song in your heart? Better yet, do you have a song on CD?

Smokey Robinson steps out on faith with gospel album

Concert calendar

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:

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.

Top 20 concert tours

Keep on Truckin'

Kahne, Stewart iron out dispute

Rahal, Parsons to be inducted into Motorsports Hall of Fame

Michigan track demanding of teams

Race teams poised for title runs

NASCAR newsmaker Kasey Kahne

Room to race at the Glen

Rahal, Parsons to be inducted into Motorsports Hall of Fame
INDIANAPOLIS -- Former Indianapolis 500 champions Bobby Rahal and Johnnie Parsons head a class of seven inductees into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America.

Indy: A kiss with tradition

Hamilton Jr. signed by PPI for 2005
HICKORY, N.C. -- PPI Motorsports has signed Bobby Hamilton Jr. to replace Ricky Craven as driver of the No. 32 Chevrolet in the 2005 NASCAR Nextel Cup series.

Jimmie Johnson: Burrito lover, prankster

Kahne, Stewart iron out dispute
Kasey Kahne's cell phone chirped Tuesday morning, and the rookie driver was glad to hear Tony Stewart's voice on the line.

Truck drivers do NASCAR's toughest driving

Drivers like playing the field
TOPEKA, Kan. - Jamie McMurray had two immediate concerns when he heard about Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s fiery crash July 18 in Sonoma, Calif.

NASCAR's most popular track

NASCAR newsmaker Kasey Kahne
Kasey Kahne has made headlines throughout his debut season on the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series. From his narrow losses early in the season to a recent run-in with Tony Stewart that touched off a pit-road melee between the drivers' teams, he has quickly became one of NASCAR's newest young stars.

Drivers like playing the field

Boozer brouhaha brings up issues of 'bottom line' loyalty

Heat re-sign Rasual Butler
MIAMI -- The Miami Heat gave Shaquille O'Neal some frontcourt help Wednesday by re-signing free agent forward Rasual Butler.

Judge might release court details

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.

Heat re-sign Rasual Butler

Boozer brouhaha brings up issues of 'bottom line' loyalty
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Is a handshake worth $27 million? Does a broken promise make a person a traitor?

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.

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.

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.

Top pick Taylor injures knee on first day of practice

Vick ready to contribute

Atlanta waits on top choices

Patriots sign free agent tight end

Plummer more relaxed headed into second Broncos camp

Vikings sign pro wrestling star Brock Lesnar

First-round pick Andrews agrees to deal with Eagles

Oakland releases veteran safety after failing physical

Bengals sign draft choice Mann

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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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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.

Stojakovic will not play for Serbia and Montenegro in Athens
Peja Stojakovic said Wednesday he will not play for Serbia and Montenegro at the Athens Olympics, depriving the defending world champions of their best perimeter scorer.

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.

Greek navy on Olympic patrols for 'suspicious' ships
ATHENS, Greece -- Dozens of Greek Navy vessels have started patrolling the country's coastal waters as part of a two-layer security zone to protect the Olympic Games, with NATO warships due to keep watch further out to sea, a naval official said Wednesday.

Jamaica's Fenton withdraws from Olympics because of injury
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Lorraine Fenton, the 2000 Olympic silver medalist in the women's 400 meters, has withdrawn from Jamaica's Olympic team because of a hamstring injury, officials said Wednesday.

High insurance costs worry horse trainers

Network blinked at the finish

Williams has heart, but will guts matter against Tyson?

The Derby is a family tradition

Overtime

Area announcements

Molik upsets second-seeded Mauresmo

Molik upsets second-seeded Mauresmo
CARLSBAD, Calif. -- Alicia Molik used a dominating serve to upset second-seeded Amelie Mauresmo 7-5, 3-6, 6-3 Wednesday in the second round of the Acura Classic.

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.

The Derby is a family tradition
Liam Fox climbs into the shell of his sister Ree's soap box derby car and lays down.

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

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.

Overtime
Alina Lee is in position today to win her second national girls junior tournament in three weeks.

Jockey Alex Solis has back surgery
DEL MAR, Calif. -- Jockey Alex Solis, injured in a one-horse spill at Del Mar last week, had back surgery to repair a broken vertebra.

Martinez sisters begin play today in Virginia
Two sisters from Martinez, Taylor Ramsey and Ashlan Ramsey, will be among the participants in the U.S. Kids World Golf Championships.

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.

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.

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.

Vick ready to contribute
GREENVILLE, S.C. - Michael Vick tossed a perfect spiral about 50 yards toward the corner of the end zone, where Peerless Price outran a defender to catch the ball just as he tumbled into the end zone.

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.

Top pick Taylor injures knee on first day of practice
ASHBURN, Va. -- A day after signing a 7-year, $18 million contract with the Washington Redskins, rookie safety Sean Taylor sprained his right knee during practice on Wednesday.

Bengals sign draft choice Mann
CINCINNATI -- The Cincinnati Bengals signed fifth-round draft choice Maurice Mann to a three-year contract Wednesday.

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

Plummer more relaxed headed into second Broncos camp
DENVER -- Jake Plummer was so excited during his inaugural Denver Broncos training camp that he took a victory lap in front of the fans before the first practice.

Musician discovers that a good song is a good song, no matter its style

Musician discovers that a good song is a good song, no matter its style
Unwanted pregnancies are hot topics with both adults and teens, but they rarely become the subject of Top 5 country songs.

Good rock musicals do exist

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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.

Investors can sell or close TV chef's restaurant
NEW YORK -- Financial backers of celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito can sell or close the Italian eatery developed for the NBC reality series, "The Restaurant," a judge ruled Tuesday.

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
NEW YORK -- Fans of "ER" apparently don't make house calls in the summer.

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.

'On-Air with Ryan Seacrest' going off-air
LOS ANGELES -- The syndicated TV series "On-Air with Ryan Seacrest" is going off the air, permanently.

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

Krause's characters have similar traits
NEW YORK- On this Sunday's Six Feet Under, grieving widower Nate Fisher is visited by his dead wife, who directs him to "make a connection" and "have a wonderful life" with the pretty co-worker he met at his new job at a dog kennel.

HBO resists copying with its originality

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

Jay-Z lead nominees for MTV's popular awards

'On-Air with Ryan Seacrest' going off-air

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Georgia's seasoned seniors look to lead team to the top
HOOVER, Ala.- Let everyone else brag on Georgia's talent. Bulldogs coach Mark Richt likes his team's chances this season because of veterans including his star Davids, Greene and Pollack.

Georgia's seasoned seniors look to lead team to the top

Good rock musicals do exist
As soon as movies began to speak, they began to sing. The first acknowledged sound picture, The Jazz Singer, also was the first movie musical. Since then, there has been a slow, steady evolution of the form, reflecting the shifts in drama, dance and music that have occurred since Al Jolson's warbling version of Mammy.

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Fla. man survives alligator attack by punching gator in the nose

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