Books Briefs
NEW YORK Even if you're not from Brooklyn, you probably know someone who is or know someone who knows someone who is.

'Forever Tango' returns to Broadway

Arts review: Dealing with responsibility and guilt in 'After the Fall'
NEW YORK -- Confession may be good for the soul but it doesn't age well in "After the Fall," Arthur Miller's vaguely autobiographical drama now getting its first Broadway revival in four decades.

Books Briefs

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

Arts review: Dealing with responsibility and guilt in 'After the Fall'

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.

Parents are urged to get involved when pupil is threatened

Note to readers

Less aid means books will hit wallets harder

Schools guide

Parents are big part of child's readiness

Schools differ on action for sexual assault

Work hinders ASU parking

Parents must learn about tests children take

Low-performing schools must give transfer options to pupils

Prepare child for 1st day of kindergarten

Keeping chats in check

New pupils required to have shots, exams

Dorm rooms revisited

Parents must watch for symptoms

Parents are big part of child's readiness
The Augusta Chronicle turned to some award-winning teachers for advice on how parents should prepare their children for a successful school year.

Schools differ on action for sexual assault
Parents and school officials expressed shock last spring when it was discovered that a registered sex offender was attending a Columbia County high school.

Parents must learn about tests children take
Figuring out what tests your children are taking these days - and what they mean - can be as challenging as an algebra equation.

Note to readers
Aiken County public schools were not required to keep track of offenses committed by pupils in 2002-03, said Frank Roberson, the associate superintendent of instruction for Aiken County schools. He said some schools categorized offenses as pupils chewing gum in class, not having a hall pass or not having their student identification card. Other schools included only the severe offenses that would require a student to be suspended from school.

Parents are urged to get involved when pupil is threatened
As a middle school pupil, Matthew Tyner was body-slammed in the school gym, threatened with his life and picked on regularly. His parents heard horror stories each day when he came home last year from Spirit Creek Middle School. He even went to the emergency room after being body-slammed.

Physicians recommend all children get flu vaccines
The 2002-03 school year was a tough one for area students.

Keeping chats in check
The only ringing teachers want to hear in class these days is the school bell.

Low-performing schools must give transfer options to pupils
Dozens of low-performing schools in the Augusta-Aiken area will have to offer transfers this year because of President Bush's No Child Left Behind law.

Parents must watch for symptoms
AIKEN - When pupils head back to school, they swap stories about summer vacation, but the children also share germs that can make them too sick for school.

New pupils required to have shots, exams
Parents with children on Georgia Medicaid can once again use county health departments for essential school exams without getting prior approval from the child's primary care physician. Medicaid had settled on the rule last year, which led to fears it would create a cumbersome process for both parents and health departments if children showed up without it.

Dorm rooms revisited
AIKEN - Sunlight streams through the large window, flooding the deep blue carpet of a freshly painted dorm room.

Tech students' grant will have hours limit
New changes in the HOPE Grant will cap the number of hours paid for a student to attend technical college.

Schools guide
People often choose what neighborhood to live in based on the quality of the local schools, but figuring out which schools are best can be a challenge. Is a Realtor's advice enough? Are test scores the best indicator of school quality?

Less aid means books will hit wallets harder
Walk into any college bookstore and there's bound to be some sticker shock.

Work hinders ASU parking
Parking problems are expected to continue to frustrate students this fall at Augusta State University.

Prepare child for 1st day of kindergarten
Five-year-old Brian Marter can't wait for school to start. "He's excited," said his mother, Patty Marter, "but he's in for a rude awakening."

Athletics defeat Mariners

Benitez likely out until next week

Rodriguez leaves game with back spasms
DETROIT -- Detroit Tigers catcher Ivan Rodriguez left Thursday night's game against the Chicago White Sox in the third inning because of upper back spasms.

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.

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

Orioles semi-shutout Yankees
NEW YORK -- After a shout-out, Sidney Ponson responded with a semi-shutout.

Brown to start Friday night
NEW YORK -- Kevin Brown is set to return to the New York Yankees' rotation Friday night against Baltimore, his first action in more than seven weeks.

Eight players are punished for fighting in Yanks-Red Sox game
NEW YORK -- Baseball players Alex Rodriguez and Jason Varitek were suspended Thursday for four games each and fined $2,000 for their roles in a bench-clearing brawl between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox.

Aiken misses opportunity
AIKEN - Just after his somber team slowly walked back to the dugout, Mark Mathis tried to repair egos.

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.

Mets suspend Spencer in wake of DUI arrest

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.

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.

Aiken park stars in Dixie Series

Rangers sign Blackburn and Liffiton

Orioles semi-shutout Yankees

McGwire misses cut in Western Amateur
BENTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- Mark McGwire's score improved in his second round in a major amateur golf tournament, but it wasn't enough for him to advance to match play at the 102nd annual Western Amateur.

Twins out-swing White Sox in 10 innings

Brown to start Friday night

Rangers sign Blackburn and Liffiton
NEW YORK -- Injured goalie Dan Blackburn re-signed with the New York Rangers on Thursday.

Aiken misses opportunity

Tigers edge out White Sox
DETROIT -- Jason Johnson allowed three hits over six innings Thursday night and the Detroit Tigers beat Chicago 3-2, the White Sox's fifth straight loss.

Rodriguez leaves game with back spasms

Rangers won't break up core to win now
ARLINGTON, Texas -- After three straight last-place finishes, the Texas Rangers insist they are so committed to long-term success that they refuse to give up any frontline players or prospects even if it might help them win the AL West this season.

Rangers won't break up core to win now

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

Summer days run low, but vacations continue

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.

Latest area births

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.

Woman arrested, cuffed for eating candy bar in subway station
WASHINGTON -- A government scientist finishing a candy bar on her way into a subway station where eating is prohibited was arrested, handcuffed and detained for three hours by transit police.

Odds and Ends
SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. -- Two men who were arrested for walking through a Wal-Mart while wearing women's thong underwear blamed the stunt on a "triple-dog dare," authorities said.

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.

Police officer on trial for refusing order to arrest homeless man
NEW YORK -- The police department put an officer on trial Wednesday for refusing to arrest a homeless man who was sleeping in a parking garage.

Cox calls Braves' comeback

Cox calls Braves' comeback
PITTSBURGH - After Rafael Furcal's second error fueled a Pittsburgh rally in the fifth inning Thursday afternoon, Braves manager Bobby Cox gave his shortstop a pat on the back and told him he'd win the game in the ninth inning.

Thomas' catch gave Braves chance for win

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.

Thomas' catch gave Braves chance for win
PITTSBURGH - Rafael Furcal's tie-breaking single in the ninth won Thursday afternoon's game for the Atlanta Braves, but it was left fielder Charles Thomas' diving catch eight innings before that was the talk of the clubhouse afterward.

GM headed for best sales month of 2004, executive says

Security freeze can help to prevent identity theft
NEW YORK - Little by little, a weapon against identity theft is gaining currency - but few people know about it.

American wages, benefits rise a moderate 0.9 percent in second quarter
WASHINGTON -- Wages and benefits for U.S. workers rose a moderate 0.9 percent in the April-June quarter this year, down slightly from the previous quarter's increase, as price pressures for benefits like health insurance eased significantly.

Forgotten buildings find new life as apartments

Oil prices ease after rising sharply a day earlier on Yukos production worries
LONDON Oil prices eased Thursday, a day after hitting a 21-year high in U.S. trading because of a threat by Russian authorities to shut down most of the production from that country's largest oil company.

Schwab to close branch office in August

U.S. crude prices hit 21-year high

American wages, benefits rise a moderate 0.9 percent in second quarter

Mercedes gets new leader as luxury brand faces competitive pressure

Federal Reserve releases economic conditions report

Mercedes gets new leader as luxury brand faces competitive pressure
FRANKFURT, Germany Eckhard Cordes, who revived DaimlerChrysler's once-struggling commercial vehicles division, was named Thursday to head its Mercedes group as the company's profit mainstay comes under growing competitive pressure.

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.

Business briefs

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

Tax holiday pays off for shoppers, stores

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

Oil prices ease after rising sharply a day earlier on Yukos production worries

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.

Krispy Kreme says it subject of "SEC informal inquiry"
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. said Thursday that the Securities and Exchange Commission is conducting an informal inquiry into its earnings warning and the company's repurchase of franchises.

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
NBC affiliate WAGT-TV (Channel 26) announced Thursday that it will begin producing a 10 p.m. newscast that will air on WBEK-TV (Channel 16) beginning Aug. 9.

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.

Forgotten buildings find new life as apartments
Light is once again entering the Castle Hall building on Eighth Street.

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.

Schwab to close branch office in August
Charles Schwab Corp. will close its local branch office at the end of August, meaning customers who want face-to-face contact with a broker will need to drive to Columbia.

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.

Pfizer will sell plant in Augusta

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

Coach gets in his say to foes
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer said he wanted to be in Alabama talking about football at Southeastern Conference media days.

Kentucky, Mississippi relying on versatile QBs

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

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.

Texans agree to terms with two draft picks

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.

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.

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.

Where we need change
No group has its hand on the pulse of the nation's and state's business needs better than the Georgia Chamber of Commerce. So, when officials from that organization speak out, the rest of us should take heed. Phil Jacobs, president of the Georgia Chamber and of BellSouth's statewide operations, had some very interesting things to say at the Augusta Kiwanis Club this week.

The Democrats' rant

Where we need change

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.

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.

The Democrats' rant
There were two themes running through the Democratic National Convention. One is strength and security. The other is to unite a "divided" America.

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

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.

Kimora Lee Simmons arrested on marijuana, vehicle offenses
SADDLE RIVER, N.J. -- Kimora Lee Simmons, wife of hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, faces drug and motor vehicle charges after police said she was driving erratically and ignored the flashing lights of a cruiser for nearly two miles.

Eating disorder scandal may humanize Mary-Kate for young fans
LOS ANGELES There are two Mary-Kates in crisis.

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.

Zeta-Jones details threats from alleged stalker: 'Slice her up like meat on a bone'
LOS ANGELES -- Catherine Zeta-Jones, known for her poise and glamour, strained to hold back tears as she described her fear after receiving death threats from someone promising to "slice her up like meat on a bone."

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.

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

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.

Brandy, Quentin Richardson engaged
NEW YORK -- "Talk About Our Love" singer Brandy is engaged to pro basketball player Quentin Richardson, People magazine reported.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

Big Movers in the Stock Market

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.

Tokyo stocks' rise on strong tech sector

Medicare drug cards can reduce prescription drug bills, study says
WASHINGTON -- Buttressing Bush administration claims, the new Medicare discount drug cards offer savings off retail prescription prices, an independent analysis released Wednesday said.

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.

Boeing posts $607 million profit, raises outlook

Boeing posts $607 million profit, raises outlook

Time Warner net falls in second quarter

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.

Investors balance oil fears, earnings
NEW YORK - Oversold tech shares led Wall Street higher Thursday as investors brushed off high oil prices and brokerage downgrades of General Motors Corp. and focused on strong earnings.

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.

Company introduces credit score for 'underserved' consumers

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.

Service workers qualify for special home loan program

Kmart stock soars with release of analyst report

Medicare drug cards can reduce prescription drug bills, study says

Google IPO likely to generate fabulous wealth

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Rates on 30-year mortgages rise for the first time in five weeks
WASHINGTON -- Rates on 30-year mortgages, which had fallen for five consecutive weeks, reversed course and rose this week with the rate climbing above the 6 percent level.

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.

Service workers qualify for special home loan program
Service workers qualify for special home loan program

Fishing tournament news

Fishing tournament news
Sponsoring a bass, crappie, catfish or other fishing tournament? Mail or fax your flyer or information to Fishing Editor, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, Ga. 30903-1928. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. Tournament reports must include first and last names of the participants, total numbers of fish and total weight of the catch.

Funny-shaped peach the latest in new-produce craze

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.

Edible beauties

Edible beauties
Conventional thinking says flowers belong in the vase and vegetables, meats and cheeses go on the dinner plate.

Wild about wings

A balancing act to get alcohol's benefits but not harms
WASHINGTON -- Alcohol is the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde of the medical world: Drinking too much causes serious problems, while drinking a little may help many people's health.

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.

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.

A balancing act to get alcohol's benefits but not harms

General Tso - warrior, innovator ... chicken?

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

Grubbin'

Tilly's relocates to larger building to accommodate more customers

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

Resident must find, kill carpenter ants
I see these big black ants inhabiting a tree in my yard. What kind of ants are they and what can I do to kill them?

Resident must find, kill carpenter ants

Onion flowers are welcome - sometimes
Some of the onion "sets" that you planted this spring may have grown into flowering plants, each of their stalks capped by starburst clusters of lily-white blossoms.

Wildness costs GreenJackets
The Augusta GreenJackets' bullpen was nearly perfect through four innings of relief Thursday night against the Charleston (S.C.) RiverDogs. But a leadoff walk in their fifth inning and a wild pitch for ball four of a two-out walk by Argimiro Guanchez gave the RiverDogs a 3-2 win in 12 innings at Lake Olmstead Stadium.

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.

Singh stands atop Buick shoots into lead three-peat

Lakeside's Kassinger takes title
The way Payne Kassinger finished his round - with birdies on the final three holes - he thought Thursday's 37th annual Mickie Gallagher Junior tournament title was his.

Record breaker

Singh stands atop Buick shoots into lead three-peat
GRAND BLANC, Mich. -- Vijay Singh shot 9-under-par 63 on Thursday to take the first-round lead at the Buick Open, with Tiger Woods lurking four shots behind.

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.

Forest Hills pro to also manage club

Woods, Sorenstam to square off in Skins Game

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.

Lakeside's Kassinger takes title

Woods, Sorenstam to square off in Skins Game
NEW YORK -- Annika Sorenstam and Tiger Woods, golf's top-ranked players, will meet in the Skins Game in November.

Wildness costs GreenJackets

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.

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.

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

Red Wings re-sign forward Jason Williams
DETROIT -- The Detroit Red Wings re-signed forward Jason Williams to a one-year contract on Thursday.

Bruins sign RW Fitzgerald to 2-year deal

Red Wings re-sign forward Jason Williams

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Summer days run low, but vacations continue
Summer vacation is nearing its final month, but your postcards are still filling the mailbox. Here are the latest.

Man robs Washington Road Wachovia
Richmond County sheriff's deputies closed a Washington Road bank this afternoon after a robbery, officials said.

Graduation was ruined for pupil
My son was a senior at Richmond Academy this past year. Unfortunately, he failed Algebra III. Had he been in the technical track, three maths would have been sufficient. However, he took the college prep track, which requires four. He planned to make up the class in summer school. Faye D. Scoggins Augusta

Some seniors are in a shameful state
A few years ago, I wrote my first letter to The Augusta Chronicle after reading about an elderly lady in Texas found baked to death in her own home. It was scorching hot in Texas because of a record-setting heat wave. The power company turned off her electricity because she could not keep up with her energy bills. Frank Murphy Aiken, S.C.

Republicans are fiscally irresponsible
You Republicans are really proud of your fiscal management. Ruth Tewes Martinez

Use terrorists' tactics against them

Graduation was ruined for pupil

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

Dog died during muddle over clinic
On Monday, July 5, a legal holiday, I found one of our dogs near death. I called our regular veterinarian, and reached a recording, referring me to an emergency animal clinic. I called to get directions, and heard a recording stating that the clinic was open evenings, Sundays and holidays, and if I reached this recording during those hours that they were busy, and to leave a message or call back. Melvyn L. Haas, MD Aiken, S.C.

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

Vote for Bush is vote for moral fiber
John Kerry, on stage with the Hollywood filthy-mouths and musician/singers of the liberal left, said they represent the heart and soul of America. Not mine. John Kerry and most of Hollywood are far from exemplifying leadership and family values. C. David Coburn Augusta

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.

Republicans are fiscally irresponsible

Local culture, recreation has soared

Some seniors are in a shameful state

Big business cares little for workers
Recently, Plant Vogtle laid off 27 of its employees. I know of at least one who had been there for 18 years and would have been able to retire in five years. Bonnie Cox North Augusta, S.C.

See Moore's film, and pray for president

MRIs beat mammograms at finding breast cancer in high-risk women, study finds

Video game review: Activision's 'Spider-Man 2' game really swings

Convention bloggers, a first, feeling their way in Boston

'Spider-Man 2' offers swinging action

'The Winner's Circle'

Microsoft tests news search service

Coal-to-diesel plant closer to reality

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

DOE takes step to improve efficiency for commercial air conditioners, home furnaces
WASHINGTON -- The Energy Department took a long-awaited first step Thursday to require improved energy efficiency for residential furnaces, electric transformers and commercial air conditioners and heat pumps.

Convention bloggers, a first, feeling their way in Boston
NEW YORK -- In many respects, the arrival of independent Web journalists at the Democratic National Convention in Boston was largely about hype. One of the "bloggers" had even compared his presence to the introduction of television to politics more than a half-century ago.

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

MRIs beat mammograms at finding breast cancer in high-risk women, study finds
MRI scans beat mammograms for finding tumors in women at high risk of breast cancer, but at a far greater cost and chance of unneeded biopsies, new research suggests.

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.

Video game review: Activision's 'Spider-Man 2' game really swings
Yes, yes, we've heard it before, Uncle Ben with great power comes great responsibility.

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.

Convention will hit Hardy's hometown

Kid of the day

Former senator galvanizes Georgia delegation

Insurance watchdog looks out for troops

Rants and raves
THIS IS A RAVE about the Richmond County school, about the missed days no longer allowed. I raise my hat to you people. I wish South Carolina would bite the bullet and start getting stricter rules for their schools. There's so much going on in the school that I don't think the parents realize what goes on about the way their children are. They need to do something about these slouchy pants and these girls' short skirts and showing their bellies to everybody.

General for 3rd Infantry predicts 2005 Iraq tour

Clyburn delivers on Kerry support

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

2nd escapee captured in Ohio

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.

Court candidate plans appeal

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.

Majette critical of party, Oxford

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.

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.

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.

Across the region

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.

Airport service at night debated

Pupils' fear of harm increases

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.

Cheeks offers land for Brown museum

Edwards' birthplace rallies in his favor

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.

Snagging supplies

Around town

Tax will pay for fire service

ASU offers summer plays

Across Georgia

Clyburn delivers on Kerry support
BOSTON - When John Kerry was looking for someone to stick up for him before the South Carolina primary, Rep. Jim Clyburn volunteered. On Thursday night, he let the country know his feelings haven't changed.

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.

First tenant comes to park

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.

British TV comes to honor Brown

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.

Inmate will meet with lawyer

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.

Developer could face EPD fine

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

Kid of the day

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

School settles walk issues

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.

Former mayor's possessions go up for auction

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

Official linked to cockfighting

Across the area
Two Richmond County schools have been honored by the Georgia Department of Education after their pupils showed "impressive progress" on state tests.

Man robs Washington Road Wachovia

Former senator galvanizes Georgia delegation
BOSTON - Former Georgia U.S. Sen. Max Cleland energized the Thursday breakfast meeting of his home state's delegation to the Democratic National Convention, highlighting the military experience of presidential nominee John Kerry and slamming President Bush for declaring "false victory" on the war in Iraq.

Across the area

Interstate wrecks halt traffic
Traffic stood still on Interstate 20's westbound lanes near Thomson for nearly two hours Thursday after at least two collisions involving at least five tractor-trailers.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Christopher Mandarin Mack II, 23 months, of Augusta.

2nd escapee captured in Ohio
COLUMBIA - The second of two South Carolina inmates who escaped from a maximum security prison has been captured in Ohio, authorities said.

Teams, parents make long trek

Judge considers revoking bond
ATLANTA - A man suspected of killing DeKalb County Sheriff-elect Derwin Brown four years ago will not be able to run his security business until a federal judge decides whether he'll go to jail before his trial.

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.

Cheeks offers land for Brown museum
State Sen. Don Cheeks wants to get in on the act of honoring James Brown.

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.

Former senator galvanizes Georgia delegation
BOSTON - Former Georgia U.S. Sen. Max Cleland energized the Thursday breakfast meeting of his home state's delegation to the Democratic National Convention, highlighting the military experience of presidential nominee John Kerry and slamming President Bush for declaring "false victory" on the war in Iraq.

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.

News you can use

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.

Mowing may have damaged graves

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.

Former senator galvanizes Georgia delegation

Across the region
DECATUR, GA. - A Stone Mountain couple have been indicted on charges related to the death of their 2-year-old daughter, DeKalb County District Attorney's officials said.

Judge considers revoking bond

Suit settlement covers school's smoke damage
The Richmond County Board of Education has agreed to settle a lawsuit with an insurance company over the arson-related fire that damaged T.W. Josey High School in 2001.

Across the region

Airport service at night debated
The issue of late-night customer service problems at Augusta Regional Airport resurfaced at Thursday's Aviation Commission meeting when several commissioners offered solutions.

Interstate wrecks halt traffic

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.

Across the area

Mowing may have damaged graves
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Toward the south end of Colonial Park Cemetery, a flat grave marker lies beaten and chipped.

Top candidate in runoff tied to racist group

Collection fills gaps in history of coast
WAYNESVILLE, Ga. - Chet Kirby's collection of beaver molars, juvenile mammoth teeth and more than 1,000 fossils of snails that have been extinct for about 3 million years is helping scholars fill in the gaps of natural history.

Aiken pastor is always building

Official linked to cockfighting
AIKEN - South Carolina Agriculture Commissioner Charles Sharpe of Wagener was arrested Thursday on federal extortion and money laundering charges connected to an Aiken County cockfighting club that was raided late last year.

News you can use
JULY 30, 1923 AIKEN - A man giving his name as Harper and his address as Savannah was arrested here yesterday and charged with wrecking a passing car near Monetta, badly injuring two of its four passengers.

Augusta settles in Burk suit
Augusta commissioners voted Thursday to pay Martha Burk's attorneys $120,000, effectively ending the case over the city's protest ordinance.

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.

Rants and raves
THIS IS A RAVE about the Richmond County school, about the missed days no longer allowed. I raise my hat to you people. I wish South Carolina would bite the bullet and start getting stricter rules for their schools. There's so much going on in the school that I don't think the parents realize what goes on about the way their children are. They need to do something about these slouchy pants and these girls' short skirts and showing their bellies to everybody.

Teams, parents make long trek
AIKEN - It's a long haul to the Dixie Junior Boys World Series, and, for parents and coaches, only a short time at work or home.

Tax will pay for fire service
A new way to charge residents for firefighting services in Columbia County was officially approved by county commissioners Thursday.

Across the region
DECATUR, Ga. - A Stone Mountain couple have been indicted on charges related to the death of their 2-year-old daughter, DeKalb County District Attorney's officials said.

Snagging supplies
Minivans, SUVs and other vehicles congested shopping center parking lots across the Augusta area Thursday as consumers purchased school supplies, clothes and computer equipment on the first day of the sales tax exemption weekend.

Edwards' birthplace rallies in his favor
SENECA, S.C. - For the first time in a long time, it's good to be a Democrat in Oconee County.

Court candidate plans appeal
ATLANTA - The two candidates bound for a runoff in a state Court of Appeals race may still not be decided, even though election officials certified the results of a recount Thursday.

Former mayor's possessions go up for auction
UNION POINT, Ga. - A Moultrie auction house will sell hundreds of items once owned by former Mayor Ben Stewart and his failed finance companies, including the campus of a hosiery plant that once employed nearly one-third of the population of this Greene County town.

Upscale plan is cheapened for Olde Town

Pupils' fear of harm increases
ATLANTA - More pupils are missing school because they are afraid they will be harmed, even though violence at schools has declined during the past decade, the government said Thursday.

News you can use

Top candidate in runoff tied to racist group
ATLANTA - A one-time follower of white supremacist J.B. Stoner who once expressed admiration for Adolf Hitler has forced an Aug. 10 runoff election for the top prosecutor's job in an eastern Georgia judicial circuit.

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

Across the area
Two Richmond County schools have been honored by the Georgia Department of Education after their pupils showed "impressive progress" on state tests.

Illinois deputies capture fugitive

Touring Tenenbaum stands up to critics

Across the area

Aiken pastor is always building
AIKEN - The Rev. Douglas Slaughter unleashes a booming laugh, immediately signaling that he doesn't take himself too seriously.

At the Movies: 'The Manchurian Candidate'

At the Movies: The Village'

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

At the Movies: The Village'
Where to begin in terms of the revelations in M. Night Shyamalan's "The Village"?

Screening of 'Fahrenheit 9/11' draws a large crowd in President Bush's 'hometown'

Screening of 'Fahrenheit 9/11' draws a large crowd in President Bush's 'hometown'
CRAWFORD, Texas -- Brian Munoz already saw the documentary "Fahrenheit 9/11" in a theater, but he and some friends couldn't resist a chance to watch it again outdoors on a muggy summer night - especially only a few miles from President Bush.

At the Movies: 'Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle'

At the Movies: 'Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle'
What a strange land is Hollywood, where it's a step forward in cultural diversity to feature lead characters of Asian and Indian descent as randy marijuana tokers with a wicked case of the munchies.

Mini-reviews

At the Movies: 'The Manchurian Candidate'
Jonathan Demme certainly fares better with his update of "The Manchurian Candidate" than he did with "The Truth About Charlie," his muddled 2002 remake of another '60s classic, "Charade."

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.

Online music services see upside to limited file-sharing
LOS ANGELES -- Free-for-all music sharing online has drawn the ire of the recording industry, but some commercial online music providers and even a few recording artists are opting to allow music fans to share the songs they've bought.

Online music services see upside to limited file-sharing

DVD Review: "The Doors Live in Europe: 1968"
To write off Jim Morrison's stage performances toward the end of his career as drunken, stumbling slurs is easy, but the latest collection of the band's performances, "The Doors Live in Europe: 1968," discounts the stereotype.

Top 20 concert tours

DVD Review: "The Doors Live in Europe: 1968"

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

The Streets returns to America
NEW YORK -- When Mike Skinner's 2002 debut, Original Pirate Material, earned rave reviews from stateside critics and hipsters alike, the London rapper had no designs on a neo-British invasion.

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

The Streets returns to America

Sonic Spotlight

Concert calendar

Hot ticket

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

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.

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.

Rahal, Parsons to be inducted into Motorsports Hall of Fame

Kahne, Stewart iron out dispute

Offensive approach taken by Mayfield, starting now
LONG POND, Pa. - Jeremy Mayfield would love to hover among the top five in the points standings. Yet as the mad dash toward qualifying for NASCAR's 10-race chase for the championship heats up, Mayfield likes his spot.

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.

Offensive approach taken by Mayfield, starting now

Michigan track demanding of teams

NASCAR's most popular track

Drivers like playing the field

Keep on Truckin'

Room to race at the Glen

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 newsmaker Kasey Kahne

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.

Race teams poised for title runs

Indy: A kiss with tradition

Jimmie Johnson: Burrito lover, prankster

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.

Boozer brouhaha brings up issues of 'bottom line' loyalty

Nets trade Kittles to Clippers; sign free agent guards Vaughn, Buford

Defense says Bryant's accuser has received nearly 20K from victims' compensation fund

Heat re-sign Rasual Butler

Defense says Bryant's accuser has received nearly 20K from victims' compensation fund
DENVER -- Kobe Bryant's defense team says the woman accusing him of rape has received nearly $20,000 from a victims' compensation fund in what it calls a rich incentive to pursue a false claim against the NBA star, according to a court transcript released Thursday.

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?

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.

Nets trade Kittles to Clippers; sign free agent guards Vaughn, Buford
NEWARK, N.J. -- Kerry Kittles was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers for a future second-round draft pick Thursday, another step in the dismantling of the New Jersey Nets.

Dunn's role might increase in Falcons' West Coast offense

Plummer more relaxed headed into second Broncos camp

Raiders ready for new regime under coach Norv Turner

Bengals sign draft choice Mann

Vick ready to contribute

Top pick Taylor injures knee on first day of practice

Raiders ready for new regime under coach Norv Turner

Pennington contract status still up in the air as Jets report to camp

Manning agrees to 6-year, $54 million deal with Giants

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Mr. S. J. Lewis, Sr. (HARLEM, Ga.)

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Mrs. Rosia Williams (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Emma Wright (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

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Mrs. Vonceil Head (ELIZABETH CITY, N.C.)

Mr. Roman Heard (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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Mr. Edward Koehler (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ines Cortes Rivera (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Beatrice Frazier Samuels (LANGLEY, S.C.)

Mr. Moses McCain (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Chuck Henderson, Jr. (AIKEN, S.C.)

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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.

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.

IOC ethics panel looking into alleged bid misconduct
LONDON -- The International Olympic Committee is investigating allegations of unethical conduct in the host city bidding process for the 2012 Summer Games.

Smith's appearance carries deep meaning to coaches
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Red, white and Carolina blue.

Correction: Army's Olympic Shooters
FORT BENNING, Ga. -- In a July 27 story about the Army's Olympic shooters, The Associated Press erroneously identified one of the shooters as Dale Parker. The Olympic shooter is Jason Parker. His father is named Dale.

Molik upsets second-seeded Mauresmo

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Sharapova, Davenport, Myskina advance in Acura Classic

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Why it might be worth risking $44.95 on latest Tyson debacle
Mike Tyson already has used up more reincarnations than Shirley MacLaine.

Sharapova, Davenport, Myskina advance in Acura Classic
CARLSBAD, Calif. -- Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova led four Russians into the Acura Classic quarterfinals Thursday with a 6-0, 6-1 victory over Gisela Dulko.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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Evans' Alina Lee won her second national junior girls title this month, taking Thursday's Independent Insurance Agent Junior Classic in Ardmore, Okla., by four shots.

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.

Dunn's role might increase in Falcons' West Coast offense
GREENVILLE, S.C. - T.J. Duckett and Warrick Dunn seemingly are the perfect bookends in the Atlanta Falcons' backfield - one a burly, powerful runner, and the other a speed back who excels in the open field.

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.

Pennington contract status still up in the air as Jets report to camp
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- Chad Pennington plans to make the first opening day start of his career in September - with or without a new contract.

Manning agrees to 6-year, $54 million deal with Giants
NEW YORK - Top overall draft pick Eli Manning agreed Thursday to a six-year contract with the New York Giants that could be worth $54 million and will pay him a rookie-record $20 million signing bonus.

Raiders ready for new regime under coach Norv Turner
NAPA, Calif. -- Norv Turner has always been a believer in putting his team in pads right away, especially now that training camp is shorter and NFL preseason games sneak up so quickly.

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

Falcons try to make room for Duckett and Dunn in backfield
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- T.J. Duckett and Warrick Dunn seemingly are the perfect bookends in the Atlanta Falcons' backfield - one a burly, powerful runner, and the other a speed back who excels in the open field.

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.

Raiders ready for new regime under coach Norv Turner
NAPA, Calif. -- Norv Turner has always been a believer in putting his team in pads right away, especially now that training camp is shorter and NFL preseason games sneak up so quickly.

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

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

'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.

Krause's characters have similar traits

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.

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.

Latest circus production features razzle-dazzle with a new intimacy

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Michael Jackson surprises shoppers at Houston mall

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Augusta-area waterways offer a place to get away from heat

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.

Holtz tries to change 'culture'
HOOVER, Ala. - Out of 88 voters at this year's Southeastern Conference Media Days, one lone writer picked South Carolina to win the league outright.

Holtz tries to change 'culture'

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

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Police officer on trial for refusing order to arrest homeless man