Books Briefs

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.

Exhibition on music and dance at Buckingham Palace opens
LONDON -- Queen Victoria is most often remembered as a dour, elderly widow whose long reign came to symbolize steadfastness and middle-class sensibility.

Exhibition on music and dance at Buckingham Palace opens

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.

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

Schools differ on action for sexual assault

Less aid means books will hit wallets harder

Parents must learn about tests children take

Schools guide

New pupils required to have shots, exams

Work hinders ASU parking

Parents are big part of child's readiness

Prepare child for 1st day of kindergarten

Dorm rooms revisited

Parents must watch for symptoms

Parents are urged to get involved when pupil is threatened

Keeping chats in check

Note to readers

Low-performing schools must give transfer options to pupils

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 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.

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.

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

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.

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

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?

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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."

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

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

Rangers won't break up core to win now

Wrigley solves falling concrete problem
CHICAGO -- Cubs fans accustomed to seeing their team's chances for reaching the World Series fall apart no longer have to worry about their beloved Wrigley Field crumbling, too.

Local teams remain alive
AIKEN - Friday marked a return to education at the Dixie Junior Boys World Series.

Brown to start Friday night

Wrigley solves falling concrete problem

Trade bolsters Mets' staff

With a typical shoulder shrug, Maddux goes for 300

Orioles semi-shutout Yankees

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

Rodriguez leaves game with back spasms

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.

Rangers sign Blackburn and Liffiton

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.

With a typical shoulder shrug, Maddux goes for 300
CHICAGO -- Fresh-faced and eager, 20-year-old Greg Maddux got his promotion from the minors and pulled on a Chicago Cubs uniform for the final month of the 1986 season.

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.

Bloomberg: Private money needed to build new ballpark
NEW YORK -- Mayor Michael Bloomberg agrees: The New York Yankees could use a new stadium. So could the Mets. And the Knicks and Rangers could use a new home, too.

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.

Local teams remain alive

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

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

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.

Trade bolsters Mets' staff
NEW YORK - Pitchers Kris Benson and Victor Zambrano were traded to the New York Mets on Friday, boosting a rotation that had relied all season on three aging starters.

Summer days run low, but vacations continue

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.

Boy impaled in the neck by arrow, but survives
WEST MELBOURNE, Fla. -- A 7-year-old boy fell on an arrow and was impaled in the neck, narrowly missing his jugular vein, officials said.

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.

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.

Odds and Ends
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Some grieving families think the Teamsters Local 120 is making a grave mistake.

Braves keep on rolling

Braves are ready to deal
ATLANTA - With the clock ticking down on today's 4 p.m. trading deadline, Braves general manager John Schuerholz was waiting to hear from teams he was in discussions with concerning a veteran reliever or two.

Braves keep on rolling
ATLANTA - When Mike Hampton starts a game by retiring the side in order, a feat he's managed just once in 20 starts this year, it's reasonable to believe good things will follow.

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.

Braves are ready to deal

Cox calls Braves' comeback

Thomas' catch gave Braves chance for win

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.

U.S. proposes tariffs on shrimp from four nations
NEW ORLEANS -- The Bush administration proposed tariffs Thursday on shrimp imports from four of the largest shrimp-producing nations in Asia and South America, accusing them of hurting domestic producers by dumping shellfish on the U.S. market at artificially low prices.

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

Target sells Mervyn's stores to investment group for $1.65 billion
MINNEAPOLIS -- Target Corp. announced Thursday it is selling its Mervyn's business unit and retail stores to an investment consortium for roughly $1.65 billion in cash.

Cautious approach to boosting oil production could keep prices high

Delta CEO asks pilots for $1 billion in cost cuts
ATLANTA -- Delta Air Lines Inc. chief executive Gerald Grinstein told pilots Friday the financially troubled carrier needs $1 billion in concessions from them, insisting their proposal for up to $705 million in cuts is inadequate.

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

Was the 2001 slowdown really a recession?

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.

Intel delays next Pentium 4 chip

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.

Japan's unemployment rate remains at 4.6 percent in June

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.

Was the 2001 slowdown really a recession?
WASHINGTON -- The fight over whether the last recession started when President Bush was in office or during the presidency of Bill Clinton just got more complicated. It turns out under newly revised data, maybe the 2001 slowdown shouldn't qualify as a recession at all.

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.

Economy slows sharply in spring
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. economy grew at an annual rate of just 3 percent in the spring, a dramatic slowdown from the rapid pace of the past year, as consumer spending fell to the weakest rate since the slowdown of 2001, the government reported Friday.

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

Delta CEO asks pilots for $1 billion in cost cuts

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.

Economy slows sharply in spring

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.

Record White House deficit projection to fuel campaign fight on economy

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.

Schwab to close branch office in August

Mercedes gets new leader as luxury brand faces competitive pressure

Target sells Mervyn's stores to investment group for $1.65 billion

Forgotten buildings find new life as apartments

Top-of-the-line service
Every time Denise and Jeff Malcom sit down at a Huddle House to eat, they have to look at the menu.

Russia says Yukos has another month to pay tax bill

Top-of-the-line service

Russia says Yukos has another month to pay tax bill
MOSCOW -- Russia expects the country's largest oil company, Yukos, to pay its crushing back taxes bill within a month, a Justice Ministry official said Friday in an apparent indication that Yukos' feared collapse isn't imminent.

Sun-Times reduces circulation numbers by 23 percent
CHICAGO -- The Chicago Sun-Times has reduced its single-copy circulation numbers by 23 percent, more than a month after the paper's parent company announced it had inflated the numbers for several years.

Intel delays next Pentium 4 chip
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- In the latest misstep for the world's largest chip maker, Intel Corp. said a faster version of its flagship Pentium 4 microprocessor will not be available by the end of the year as previously promised.

Japan's unemployment rate remains at 4.6 percent in June

Chrysler's new models helping to drive turnaround
DETROIT -- Ford Motor Co. is calling 2004 "the year of the car," and General Motors Corp. is touting several new sedans, but it's smaller rival Chrysler that's scoring big with a couple of new, uniquely styled models that are helping the company turn around its U.S. business.

U.S. proposes tariffs on shrimp from four nations

Cautious approach to boosting oil production could keep prices high
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- In the latest misstep for the world's largest chip maker, Intel Corp. said a faster version of its flagship Pentium 4 microprocessor will not be available by the end of the year as previously promised.

Japan's unemployment rate remains at 4.6 percent in June
TOKYO -- Japan's unemployment rate remained at 4.6 percent in June, the government said Friday, amid growing signs of economic recovery, such as rising production, exports and corporate profits.

Record White House deficit projection to fuel campaign fight on economy
WASHINGTON -- The White House's projection of a record federal deficit that could approach $450 billion this year will further fuel a campaign-season dispute over President Bush's handling of the economy.

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.

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.

Where we need change

A shocking arrest
The arrest Thursday of South Carolina Agriculture Commissioner Charles Sharpe on federal extortion and money-laundering charges in connection with Aiken County cockfighting came as a shock to those who know and worked with him for many years when he was the state representative from Wagener.

Over and done with

Is Kerry a centrist?

The Democrats' rant

Over and done with
The court case between Martha Burk and Augusta is over.

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.

Is Kerry a centrist?
If John Kerry's ability to be the nation's 44th president is evaluated solely on the delivery of his nomination acceptance speech in Boston Thursday night, then he passed with flying colors. For the first time, Democrats seemed to like their nominee almost as much as they hate President Bush.

A shocking arrest

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."

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

People in the News
GARDEN CITY, N.Y. -- Amy Fisher, the former gun-toting teen who spent seven years in prison for shooting her lover's wife in the face, has an autobiography called "If I Knew Then..." due out in the fall.

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

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.

Chess legend Bobby Fischer deportation delayed
TOKYO -- Japan's immigration officials granted chess legend Bobby Fischer an extension Friday to appeal a deportation order to the United States, a supporter said.

Janus Capital to lose $5 billion from client by end of year
DENVER -- Janus Capital Group Inc. will lose nearly 4 percent of its total assets under management by year's end as a client it declined to identify plans to yank $5 billion from the scandal-tarred mutual fund manager.

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.

Archer Daniels Midland posts $103 million loss, misses estimates
DECATUR, Ill. -- Archer Daniels Midland Co. lost $103 million in its fiscal fourth quarter, pushed into the red by a hefty legal settlement. Its operating results were short of Wall Street's expectations.

Japan's Mazda says first-quarter net profit was $104.5 million

ChevronTexaco's second-quarter profit more than doubles
SAN RAMON, Calif. -- ChevronTexaco Corp.'s second-quarter profit more than doubled as high energy prices extended a recent roll that is shaping into the most prosperous stretch in the oil giant's 125-year history.

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

Tokyo stocks sharply rebound on Wall Street's overnight rally
TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks rebounded sharply Friday led by technology issues after the market was cheered by Wall Street's rally. The U.S. dollar slipped against the Japanese yen.

Medicare drug cards can reduce prescription drug bills, study says

Janus Capital to lose $5 billion from client by end of year

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.

Service workers qualify for special home loan program

Tokyo stocks sharply rebound on Wall Street's overnight rally

Archer Daniels Midland posts $103 million loss, misses estimates

Big Movers in the Stock Market

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.

Stocks up despite slow GDP growth, oil prices
NEW YORK -- Another late rally gave Wall Street a modest advance Friday despite a spike in oil prices and a lower-than-expected hike in the gross domestic product that raised new questions about the economy. The major indexes ended the week higher for the first time in over a month, but ended July with steep losses.

ChevronTexaco's second-quarter profit more than doubles

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

Japan's Mazda says first-quarter net profit was $104.5 million
TOKYO -- Japan's Mazda Motor Corp. posted a first-quarter net profit of 11.6 billion yen ($104.5 million), in its first quarterly earnings report since adopting U.S. accounting standards.

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.

Public ideas flow in on how to update the Food Pyramid

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

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.

Edible beauties

Public ideas flow in on how to update the Food Pyramid
WASHINGTON -- What would make you a healthier eater? A cartoon image of a muscleman made out of breads, fruits and meats? A slogan such as "Eat reasonably or get fat?"

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

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.

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?

Jackets snap losing streak
Too many times this season, the Augusta GreenJackets have failed to come up with a hit with the bases loaded.

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.

Lakeside's Kassinger takes title

Top players don't disappoint at Buick

Woods, Sorenstam to square off in Skins Game

Sorenstam four behind Stupples midway through Women's British Open

Singh stands atop Buick shoots into lead three-peat

Sorenstam four behind Stupples midway through Women's British Open
SUNNINGDALE, England -- Annika Sorenstam's surge to the top of the leaderboard at the Women's British Open stopped suddenly on the back nine.

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.

Top players don't disappoint at Buick
GRAND BLANC, Mich. - The big three and the big one. Tiger. Furyk. Vijay. Daly.

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.

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.

Luke Donald breaks course record to take halfway lead in Sweden
LODDEKOPINGE, Sweden -- England's Luke Donald shot a course-record 7-under 65 Friday to take a one-shot lead after two rounds of the Scandinavian Masters.

Jackets snap losing streak

Wildness costs GreenJackets

Musketeers honor former coach Lamb

Team unity gets an early start at Silver Bluff High

Musketeers honor former coach Lamb
Musketeers from years past and present filled the Richmond Academy cafeteria Friday night to honor one of their beloved coaches.

Team unity gets an early start at Silver Bluff High
PETTICOAT JUNCTION, S.C. - The time was seconds past 7:30. Silver helmets were gathered around a goalpost Friday morning at Silver Bluff High School.

Canadiens, Bonk agree to three-year deal
MONTREAL -- The Montreal Canadiens signed center Radek Bonk to a three-year contract on Friday.

Afinogenov signs one-year contract with Sabres

Hurricanes sign Brendl, Rourke to one-year contracts

Canadiens, Bonk agree to three-year deal

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

Hurricanes sign Brendl, Rourke to one-year contracts
RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Carolina Hurricanes re-signed right winger Pavel Brendl and defenseman Allan Rourke to one-year deals Friday.

Red Wings re-sign forward Jason Williams

Sharks sign defensemen Fahey, Davison

Sharks sign defensemen Fahey, Davison
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The San Jose Sharks re-signed defensemen Jim Fahey and Rob Davison on Friday.

Afinogenov signs one-year contract with Sabres
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Forward Maxim Afinogenov agreed Friday to a one-year deal with the Buffalo Sabres.

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.

U.N. does not need an army
In April, the U.S. Defense and State departments released their scheme to establish a 75,000-strong army of international "peacekeepers." This scheme, named the Global Peace Operations Initiative, calls for recruiting and training primarily Third World peacekeepers at a cost of more than $600 million over the next five years. Elton T. Booth North Augusta, S.C.

Abstinence is best birth control

Caring nurse should be praised

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

Abstinence is best birth control
In Sarabeth Levine's recent letter ("Banning abortion is not the answer," July 15), she states one should work with the facts when trying to find a solution to an "unplanned and unwanted pregnancy." Charleen Luther Augusta

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

Bush misled public on terrorism

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.

Deputy recalls his loyal partner

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

Graduation was ruined for pupil

Some seniors are in a shameful state

Officials make city a laughingstock
Perhaps we can rename Augusta "Squanderville." In the past two decades, we have squandered many opportunities to put ourselves on the map as an up-and-coming metro area. Instead, we have become a laughingstock. Phil Patterson Augusta

Bilingualism panders to illegals
Regarding your July 24 editorial "Don't let illegals vote": My problem with people here illegally doesn't focus on voting, but the fact that we are pandering to them every step of the way, including introducing Spanish in the schools, stores, theaters and every part of our culture. They live here; English is our language; therefore, they must learn English. It's that simple . Molly C. Gray Aiken, S.C.

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.

Caring nurse should be praised
Your coverage of Wanda Bell ("Nurse takes care of children first," July 26) was most inspiring. It is truly an indicator of positive self-will and the strength to commit. This lady deserves kudos in the highest regard. B.L.Tutt Augusta

Religious, conservative and proud
Here is why I, and others like me, am called a right-wing religious conservative: Joy Randolph Evans

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.

We need to act as good as we are

We must wake up and fight terrorism
How can anyone think that if we bring our troops home from Iraq, no one will ever bother us again? Tony R. Bledsoe North Augusta, S.C.

U.N. does not need an army

Rein in big white-collar salaries
Great job by J.T. Batson ("Pupils need Larke's money more," July 23). If county school boards would offer a much more reasonable (lower) salary, they would still be able to hire good, quality people. Timothy M. Bledsoe North Augusta, S.C.

Officials make city a laughingstock

We need to act as good as we are
I understand the reasoning behind your July 26 editorial "Some perspective, please," and I even agree with your call to recognize that the handful of soldiers who committed the crimes at Abu Ghraib do not represent or reflect our entire military. Will Sansbury Augusta

Keep assault weapons off streets

Keep assault weapons off streets
On Sept. 13, the ban on assault weapons will expire. The AK-47, Tec-9 and the Uzi will be legal in this country and readily available in our neighborhoods, and this will not be good. If the ban on assault weapons is not renewed, we are all at risk and our police will be outgunned. Why would anyone want these weapons back on the streets of America? Barbara Thurmond Augusta

Bush misled public on terrorism
"Thou shalt not bear false witness" is a much broader prohibition than "thou shalt not tell a lie." Tom Zwemer Augusta

Deputy recalls his loyal partner
I would like to pay tribute to my good friend and partner, Deputy Wesley Mack. Paul Burks Augusta

Republicans are fiscally irresponsible

Convention bloggers, a first, feeling their way in Boston

'The Winner's Circle'

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

Fashion line designed for college-aged women unveiled

Microsoft releases patch to fix month-old security problem

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

Fashion line designed for college-aged women unveiled
Victoria's Secret is going to college. The lingerie retailer unveiled the "Pink" line of cotton loungewear and sleepwear targeting 18- to 22-year-olds on Wednesday. At the launch of the fall 2004 collection, model Alessandra Ambrosio shepherded 20 college students, who were selected from a nationwide search to be spokeswomen in university dorms.

Schwarzenegger postage stamp goes on sale in Austria
VIENNA, Austria -- Who says the Terminator can't be licked?

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.

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.

Microsoft releases patch to fix month-old security problem
SEATTLE -- Microsoft Corp. released a patch Friday to halt the spread of a computer virus that can steal personal information, more than a month after the virus began winding its way through the Internet.

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.

'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.

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.

Fort Stewart unit trains on big guns
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Pvt. Jeffery Thomas has a job that takes a bit of getting used to.

Former senator galvanizes Georgia delegation

Authorities bring charges in 1996 slaying

Across the area

Volunteers find good, clean fun
Michael Thames insists he wasn't trying to step on anyone's toes. The work needed to be done, so the 22-year-old Army specialist stationed at Fort Gordon did something about it.

2nd escapee captured in Ohio

Graham expects success

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

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Jasmine Ball, 3, of Hephzibah.

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.

News you can use
JULY 31, 1913 The unsuccessful attempt by Ty Cobb to have a spectator removed from the stands at Philadelphia on Tuesday during the Detroit-Athletics baseball game is to be made the subject of an investigation by the Baseball Players' Fraternity. According to Mr. Cobb, who lives in Augusta in the off-season, the spectator addressed objectionable language to him.

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.

Graham expects success
GREENVILLE, S.C. - Sen. Lindsey Graham says he's confident that a proposal to improve health benefits for reservists and National Guard members will be approved by President Bush soon and eventually made permanent.

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.

Authorities bring charges in 1996 slaying
LANCASTER, S.C. - A cellblock conversation has led Fairfield County authorities to bring charges in the slaying of a Lancaster man that occurred almost eight years ago, authorities said.

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.

Jurors scrutinize Larke's pay
Members of a Richmond County grand jury examined School Superintendent Charles Larke's controversial vacation payout and advised the school district to keep open books for the public to review.

Former mayor's possessions go up for auction

News you can use

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

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.

Airport service at night debated

Kid of the day

Former senator galvanizes Georgia delegation

Richmond County overhauls landfill fees
Starting Sunday, Richmond County businesses will have to pay $1 more a ton to dump their waste in the county's landfill.

Official linked to cockfighting

Across Georgia
NORCROSS - Four men have been arrested in connection with the death of a man who was shot in the chest while chasing masked robbers out of his home.

Across the region

Age hasn't mellowed Stoner's ideology
ATLANTA - J.B. Stoner, an anti-Semite and white supremacist who drew notoriety for his racist views in the civil rights era, holds onto his views at the age of 80, partially paralyzed and bedridden in a northwest Georgia nursing home.

Clyburn delivers on Kerry support

Puppets become teaching tool
TRENTON, S.C. - Mother Phonics, a grinning felt puppet with big eyes, comes to life in the hands of Linda Smith as she introduces one of her children, Letter B, who has his bouncing ball.

Fort Stewart unit trains on big guns

Across the area

Project fights plant invaders

Across Georgia
NORCROSS - Four men have been arrested in connection with the death of a man who was shot in the chest while chasing masked robbers out of his home.

Top candidate in runoff tied to racist group

Across South Carolina

Across the region

Man robs Washington Road Wachovia

Judge considers revoking bond

Across the area

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

Tax will pay for fire service

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.

Snagging supplies

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.

Edwards' birthplace rallies in his favor

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.

Teams, parents make long trek

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.

Interstate wrecks halt traffic

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.

Court candidate plans appeal

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.

Mowing may have damaged graves

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.

2 PETA activists arrested in thongs

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.

Greeks in Augusta feel pride in games
Their plane tickets to Greece have been purchased.

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.

Rants and raves
TO THE PERSON that was complaining about the Democratic party about the last two Democratic presidents being idiots, well, you're saying George W. Bush isn't an idiot. What's wrong with you? Listen, George Bush has started an unwanted war that has proven unwanted by most Americans. Now all the other countries hate us when we were already a hated country. What is wrong with you? All the Republicans think exactly the same. There is no diversity among them.

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.

State to control watering of lawns
Martinez resident Kay Martin won't be falling prey to the water police.

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.

Across South Carolina
FORT MILL - A 61-year-old man who authorities say likely died a month ago from a heart attack was found slumped over a coffee table in his home earlier this week.

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.

Ballots' mistake leads to lawsuit
ATLANTA - What's in a name? According to one candidate for the state's Court of Appeals, the results of an election might have been.

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

2 PETA activists arrested in thongs
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Two partially nude animal rights activists said they were surprised to be arrested Thursday during a demonstration in downtown Savannah.

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.

Sharpe is not alone in taking donation
AIKEN - The indictment of South Carolina Agriculture Commissioner Charles Sharpe sidelines a powerful advocate for Palmetto State farming interests and places his Wagener home and property in jeopardy of being seized under the forfeiture provisions of federal law, his attorney said Friday.

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.

Across the area
Richmond County sheriff's deputies closed a Washington Road bank Friday afternoon to investigate a robbery, officials said.

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.

Stranger pays to fly soldier's dog home Georgia soldier's lost dog 1,200 miles home
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Luckily for Army Spc. Brian Wallace, he's not the only member of his family who wears dog tags.

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.

Stranger pays to fly soldier's dog home Georgia soldier's lost dog 1,200 miles home

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.

Across South Carolina
FORT MILL - A 61-year-old man who authorities say likely died a month ago from a heart attack was found slumped over a coffee table in his home earlier this week.

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.

Project fights plant invaders
Steve Manning sees Chinese privet as both friend and foe.

Cheeks offers land for Brown museum

News you can use

Pupils' fear of harm increases

Kid of the day

Across the area

Puppets become teaching tool

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.

State to control watering of lawns

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.

Volunteers find good, clean fun

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.

Rants and raves
TO THE PERSON that was complaining about the Democratic party about the last two Democratic presidents being idiots, well, you're saying George W. Bush isn't an idiot. What's wrong with you? Listen, George Bush has started an unwanted war that has proven unwanted by most Americans. Now all the other countries hate us when we were already a hated country. What is wrong with you? All the Republicans think exactly the same. There is no diversity among them.

Aiken pastor is always building

Across the area
Richmond County sheriff's deputies closed a Washington Road bank Friday afternoon to investigate a robbery, officials said.

NCAA's new rule just doesn't fly
Suddenly the remoteness of Athens, Ga., and Clemson, S.C., is a potential liability when it comes to recruiting athletes.

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

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

At the Movies: 'The Manchurian Candidate'

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."

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'
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: The Village'

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.

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.

The Streets returns to America

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.

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

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

Overshadowed win sent Johnson to lead
PHILADELPHIA - Pocono Raceway's Nextel Cup race in June is remembered more for the disputes than for who won.

Scheckter hopes to rebound in Michigan Indy

Overshadowed win sent Johnson to lead

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.

Offensive approach taken by Mayfield, starting now

Scheckter hopes to rebound in Michigan Indy
BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Michigan International Speedway could be the perfect track at the perfect time for Tomas Scheckter.

Mears earns pole at Pocono
LONG POND, Pa. - For a race-car driver named Mears, home should be the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Judge in Bryant case makes apology for court mistakes
EAGLE, Colo. - With the parents of the alleged victim in the courtroom, the judge in the Kobe Bryant sexual assault case apologized Friday for court mistakes that led to the release of sealed information.

Raptors keep Peterson from joining Hornets
TORONTO -- Morris Peterson is staying with the Toronto Raptors, who matched New Orleans' three-year, $15 million offer sheet on Friday.

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.

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

Bol sues cab company for medical bills
HARTFORD, Conn. -- Former NBA center Manute Bol, injured last month in a car accident, sued the taxi company Friday, saying the driver was erratic and ignored him when he asked to be let out.

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

Raptors keep Peterson from joining Hornets

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.

Bol sues cab company for medical bills

Judge in Bryant case makes apology for court mistakes

Winslow's agent rejects Browns' offer

Martin to get more preseason carries, but where does that leave Jordan?

Bears expect Urlacher to be ready for season opener

Raiders ready for new regime under coach Norv Turner

Little talks, but only about football

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

Raiders ready for new regime under coach Norv Turner

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

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

Confident, bolder Boller launches second season

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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.

Late planting may doom some trees around Olympic sites
ATHENS, Greece -- A worker thrusts his pick into the parched, brown-red soil, digging a hole big enough for a potted tree. He lifts his shirt to wipe sweat off his forehead. Two colleagues huddle in the shade of a backhoe, escaping the midday sun.

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.

Athletes are encouraged to play it safe at the games
ATHENS, Greece -- Olympic athletes are being encouraged to play it safe at the games - and not just on the streets.

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

Wrestler Toccara Montgomery can visualize gold medal presentation
Wrestler Toccara Montgomery can visualize gold medal presentation

Answer Man makes predictions, offers advice on political issues
Okay, boys and girls, it is time once again for Answer Man, that much-requested feature in which Yours Truly answers questions from his adoring fans. Let's go right to the mailbox.\r\n

Answer Man makes predictions, offers advice on political issues
Okay, boys and girls, it is time once again for Answer Man, that much-requested feature in which Yours Truly answers questions from his adoring fans. Let's go right to the mailbox.

Sharapova, Davenport, Myskina advance in Acura Classic

Williams withdraws from Acura Classic with swelling in left knee

European meets wary of Marion Jones' participation

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Williams withdraws from Acura Classic with swelling in left knee
CARLSBAD, Calif. -- Serena Williams withdrew from the Acura Classic on Friday because of swelling in her left knee, almost exactly a year after surgery on that knee.

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

Overtime
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.

European meets wary of Marion Jones' participation
ATHENS, Greece -- A pair of prestigious European track meets are giving the cold shoulder to Marion Jones, worried that the doping allegations swirling around the three-time Olympic gold medalist could take the focus off competition at their meets.

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.

Confident, bolder Boller launches second season
WESTMINSTER, Md. -- Kyle Boller dropped back and quickly surveyed the field. Without hesitation, he took two small steps forward and fired a spiral toward the sideline that Travis Taylor caught without breaking stride.

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.

Little talks, but only about football
MACOMB, Ill. -- Leonard Little's first interview session since his arrest for drunken driving in April shed no light on the legal troubles he faces, or much of anything else.

Falcons take on positive outlook
GREENVILLE, S.C. - Michael Vick's broken leg created a hole the Atlanta Falcons couldn't fill last year.

Martin to get more preseason carries, but where does that leave Jordan?
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- Curtis Martin has a simple answer for how many carries he wants to get during the preseason.

Winslow's agent rejects Browns' offer
BEREA, Ohio -- Kellen Winslow Jr.'s agents rejected a contract offer from the Cleveland Browns on Friday that would make him the highest paid tight end in NFL history.

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.

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.

Bears expect Urlacher to be ready for season opener
BOURBONNAIS, Ill. -- The Chicago Bears expect middle linebacker Brian Urlacher's strained right hamstring to be healed in time for him to start the season opener.

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.

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.

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.

Faith digest
Big Worship for a Big God, a collaborative effort between The Vineyard Church Augusta and In Focus Church, will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Jessye Norman Amphitheater on Riverwalk Augusta. Call 863-9766.

DNA research and Mormon scholars changing basic beliefs
SALT LAKE CITY -- Fundamental teachings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints about some events in the Book of Mormon are changing - not through revelation, but through church-sanctioned scholars' reinterpretations, an Australian geneticist and former LDS bishop writes in a new book.

Connection between design and devotion studied
COLUMBUS, Ind. -- Why is it that the arches and open spaces of a cathedral inspire faith, yet so does the comfort and familiarity of a small country chapel?

Unitarian-Universalists to mark 50 years
Boston Unitarian leader Monroe Husbands had a unique way of evangelizing in the 1950s. He advertised for members to get new fellowships going.

A Unitarian pastor examines the nature of sin
Clergyman Discovers Sin! That dog-bites-man headline commands a bit of attention when the clergyman in question leads a New York City congregation of the Unitarian Universalist Association, which usually stresses optimistic views about humanity.

Volunteers extend their church to homeless men
Men roused themselves Sunday from the side of the Salvation Army lot on Greene Street as a maroon-and-white church van rolled into the parking lot.

Faith Calendar
The Faith Calendar is a roundup of church and temple activities. Space is limited. Deadline is noon Monday.

Religion news in brief
MINNEAPOLIS -- Jay Wiesner has become the Twin Cities' third openly gay pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, defying a denominational policy that is under review.

NCAA's new rule just doesn't fly

Trump searches Big Apple for a third "Apprentice"

Gotti trying to clear her name with reality TV show

Ratings for basic cable networks
Rankings for the top 15 programs on basic cable networks as compiled by Nielsen Media Research for the week of July 19-25. Each ratings point represents 1,084,000 households. Day and start time (EDT) are in parentheses.

Gotti trying to clear her name with reality TV show
NEW YORK -- Mob relations aside, don't mess with Victoria Gotti.

Trump searches Big Apple for a third "Apprentice"
NEW YORK -- A camouflaged architect, children screaming "You're fired!" and hundreds of business-suited wannabe moguls flocked to the Trump Tower for "The Apprentice 3" auditions Friday.

Ratings for basic cable networks

Chess legend Bobby Fischer deportation delayed

Eating disorder scandal may humanize Mary-Kate for young fans

People in the News

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'

Police officer on trial for refusing order to arrest homeless man

Boy impaled in the neck by arrow, but survives

Odds and Ends

Unitarian-Universalists to mark 50 years

Volunteers extend their church to homeless men

Connection between design and devotion studied

Faith Calendar

Faith digest

A Unitarian pastor examines the nature of sin

Religion news in brief

DNA research and Mormon scholars changing basic beliefs