William F. Buckley looks back with fondness
NEW YORK -- For decades, the lips of William F. Buckley, the maestro of "Firing Line" and other conservative affairs, would famously curl as he regarded the perceived follies of his liberal opponents.

Exhibition on music and dance at Buckingham Palace opens

A peek into the domestic lives of Victorians
A robust and eclectic library of sources bolsters Judith Flanders' narration as she leads readers through many rooms and lives in her riveting social history, "Inside the Victorian Home."

Toot your horn for 'Rounding the Horn'

Couple produces Afro-centric books for young readers
EAST ORANGE, N.J. -- As children growing up in the segregated South, the only textbooks Wade and Cheryl Hudson were given to read were racist works that featured grinning slaves, and picture books such as "The Story of Little Black Sambo."

Linda Greenlaw lies her way to the bookstore shelves

Toot your horn for 'Rounding the Horn'
"Rounding the Horn" is an enthralling book that covers plenty of ground - and water.

William F. Buckley looks back with fondness

For teens, two sci-fi novels written with humor
With his latest novel "The Supernaturalist," Eoin Colfer moves from his fantasy world series about young criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl to the grim not-too-distant future science-fiction world of Cosmo Hill.

Couple produces Afro-centric books for young readers

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.

Linda Greenlaw lies her way to the bookstore shelves
PORTLAND, Maine -- The falsehoods flow as freely as rum when fishermen trade tales at the Dry Dock Restaurant and Tavern.

A peek into the domestic lives of Victorians

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.

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.

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.

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

McDuffie reaps event benefits
THOMSON - World Series gold has been flowing in McDuffie County this summer.

Wrigley solves falling concrete problem

With a typical shoulder shrug, Maddux goes for 300

Local teams remain alive

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.

Loose fielding does in co-host

Guevara's two goals deliver East to win in All-Star game
WASHINGTON - Freddy Adu didn't have a problem sitting on the sideline during the first half of the MLS All-Star game.

Trade bolsters Mets' staff

Loose fielding does in co-host
AIKEN - It was a hard lesson for North Augusta's 13-year-old all-star team to learn. Second baseman Zach Williams put into perspective.

Garciaparra traded to Cubs in four-team trade

Garciaparra traded to Cubs in four-team trade
BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox sent star Nomar Garciaparra to the Chicago Cubs in a blockbuster, four-team deal Saturday that also involved shortstops Orlando Cabrera and Alex Gonzalez.

With a typical shoulder shrug, Maddux goes for 300

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.

Guevara's two goals deliver East to win in All-Star game

Summer gives rise to goats, llamas and baby loons

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

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

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.

Las Vegas wants to deodorize Freemont Street
LAS VEGAS -- Along with neon lights and casinos, the downtown area of Las Vegas has become known for the "Stench of Fremont Street" - and city officials are fed up.

Braves blank Mets
ATLANTA - The cocksure attitude is no longer part of his repertoire.

Braves are ready to deal

Braves deal for left-handed reliever
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Braves acquired a hard-throwing left-hander two hours before Saturday's 4 p.m. trading deadline, but it wasn't Randy Johnson.

Braves keep on rolling

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.

Braves blank Mets

Braves deal for left-handed reliever

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.

Once-troubled Washington Group enjoys revival
BOISE, Idaho - It's one of the nation's most storied companies, with achievements around the world. It helped build Hoover Dam and the San Francisco Bay Bridge.

Was the 2001 slowdown really a recession?

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.

Russia says Yukos has another month to pay tax bill

Once-troubled Washington Group enjoys revival

Japan's unemployment rate remains at 4.6 percent in June

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.

Japan's unemployment rate remains at 4.6 percent in June

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.

Top-of-the-line service

Delta CEO asks pilots for $1 billion in cost cuts

Cautious approach to boosting oil production could keep prices high

Business briefs
With the job market improving, more workers are heading for the exits, but they're not alone - a survey suggests executives are equally ready to find new jobs.

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.

Economy slows sharply in spring

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.

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

Record White House deficit projection to fuel campaign fight on economy

Program offers job-seekers tryouts at potential career

Business briefs

Program offers job-seekers tryouts at potential career
Jodi Hiller was out of work and having trouble finding a job in a sluggish economy. Larry Lynn needed help at his printing business but had hiring on hold because of training costs and frustration at finding responsible employees.

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.

U.S. proposes tariffs on shrimp from four nations

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.

Intel delays next Pentium 4 chip

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.

On the move
Tianna M. Marynell has become the president and CEO of Marynell Information Systems and Engineering Solutions LLC., an industrial engineering and information system consulting firm in Sandersville, Ga. Ms. Marynell was employed at the Georgia Institute of Technology's Economic Development Institute in Augusta for the past nine years.

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.

Richmond County property transfers
Richmond County property transfers for July 7-19. The date indicates when the transfer was recorded in the clerk's office:

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.

Richmond County property transfers

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.

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.

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.

It takes a woman to put stop to sales tax-rate shenanigans

It takes a woman to put stop to sales tax-rate shenanigans
Augusta commissioners officially set the tax rate last week, but it took a really long time, especially since it was already a done deal. They had agreed to the increase last November to balance the 2004 budget. Or at least some of them did. Commissioners Barbara Sims, Betty Beard, Jimmy Smith and Super District 10 Commissioner Don Grantham came on the board in January and stood firmly opposed.

Who's got the Big Tent?
The Democratic Party - you know, the party that "looks like America" - prides itself on being an inclusive, open-minded "Big Tent" where everybody's welcome.

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.

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

The good fight
James Kendrick Jr. figures the Community Trust Initiative he helped launch is batting about .500.

Who's got the Big Tent?

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.

The good fight

Is Kerry a centrist?

A shocking arrest

Over and done with

DukesFest celebrates 'Hazzard' anniversary
BRISTOL, TENN. - Fans of The Dukes of Hazzard came from as far away as Australia to meet cast members, buy T-shirts and listen to country music at a festival marking the 25th anniversary of the TV show's first season.

Celebrity Birthdays
Celebrity birthdays for the week of Aug. 1-7:

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.

Nicolas Cage marries 20-year-old former waitress
LOS ANGELES -- Oscar-winning actor Nicolas Cage has married for the third time.

People in the News
BURLINGTON, Vt. -- The charitable giving arm of the jam band Phish says it will donate at least $100,000 of the proceeds from the band's final concert to nonprofit groups in Vermont.

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.

ChevronTexaco's second-quarter profit more than doubles

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.

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.

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.

Microsoft dividend will benefit mutual fund holders a little

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.

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.

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.

Archer Daniels Midland posts $103 million loss, misses estimates

Fathers look for more flexibility at work
NEW YORK -- When John Beatrice was a boy, his father quit his job with a big accounting firm and started his own business so he'd have more time with his family. Years later, Beatrice found himself in a similar situation, but with an important difference: A flexible work arrangement at Ernst & Young has allowed him to keep his job without sacrificing time with his kids.

Students need spending leash when in college
NEW YORK - One of the toughest decisions parents make as they send their children off to college is whether to pack checkbooks, debit cards or credit cards that the kids can use for school costs and personal expenses.

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.

Big Movers in the Stock Market

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

Microsoft dividend will benefit mutual fund holders a little
NEW YORK -- So, you're a mutual fund investor, you don't own individual shares of Microsoft Corp. and you think that big dividend they're paying out has nothing to do with you.

Tokyo stocks sharply rebound on Wall Street's overnight rally

Fathers look for more flexibility at work

Students need spending leash when in college

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

People suggest flipping or eliminating food pyramid

People suggest flipping or eliminating 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?"

Public ideas flow in on how to update the Food Pyramid

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?"

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

RiverDogs win heated contest
For a low-scoring, 11-inning game, Saturday's series finale between the Augusta GreenJackets and Charleston (S.C.) RiverDogs had a lot of drama.

Top players don't disappoint at Buick

Finnish teen Blomqvist cards lowest score in a major

Sorenstam four behind Stupples midway through Women's British Open

Finnish teen Blomqvist cards lowest score in a major
SUNNINGDALE, England -- Minea Blomqvist of Finland made a 60-foot birdie putt on the final hole Saturday for the lowest round ever in a major, a 10-under 62 in the third round of the Women's British Open.

Donald takes three-shot lead in Scandinavian Masters
LODDEKOPINGE, Sweden -- Luke Donald shot a 3-under 69 Saturday to take a three-shot lead after the third round of the Scandinavian Masters.

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.

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.

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

Jacobsen, Stadler share lead in U.S. Senior Open

Singh leads at Buick Open with Daly and Woods lurking
GRAND BLANC, Mich. -- Tiger Woods shot a 6-under 66 on Saturday at the Buick Open, and still lost ground to Vijay Singh.

Sorenstam five off the lead at Women's British Open
SUNNINGDALE, England -- Annika Sorenstam overcame two double bogeys to stay in the hunt at the Women's British Open on Saturday, and Minea Blomqvist of Finland surged into contention with the lowest score ever in a major.

Jacobsen, Stadler share lead in U.S. Senior Open
ST. LOUIS -- Peter Jacobsen and his surgically repaired hip have passed two tests in the U.S. Senior Open. The biggest challenge is still to come.

Singh leads at Buick Open with Daly and Woods lurking

Jackets snap losing streak

RiverDogs win heated contest

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.

Hurricanes sign Brendl, Rourke to one-year contracts

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

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

Canadiens, Bonk agree to three-year deal

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.

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

Sharks sign defensemen Fahey, Davison

Summer gives rise to goats, llamas and baby loons
What makes the best summer vacation? Some say the best summer trips are voyages of discovery.

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

Is Walker really the best choice?
Well, the local Better Business Bureau was disenfranchised, and the people of the 22nd District elected a federally indicted ex-politician to represent them in Atlanta. Isn't that wonderful? Betty Maxwell Draughon 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.

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

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

Well, 'Chronicle,' I'm convinced
You win! I came here three years ago a liberal ( I admit it). I had worked to help the less fortunate, willingly let the government tax me and accepted as equals those who looked, worshipped and believed differently than I. I have seen the light: Harold M. Szerlip Martinez

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

Is Walker really the best choice?

Bush misled public on terrorism

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

Officials make city a laughingstock

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

Abstinence is best birth control

Democrats cannot fool America
The Democrats have convened in Boston, and the wolves decided to visit the henhouse. Comrade John Kerry and his central committee have sent word from the gulag that their party's hatred must be temporarily halted - the candidate even donned a bunny suit for the occasion. Keith Shafer Augusta

Keep assault weapons off streets

Oust King George the Experienced
I am disturbed at the insinuations being thrown about concerning the upcoming elections. What kind of experience will best serve our nation? Experience misleading the public with false statements that lead to war? Mary K. Sykes Augusta

We need to act as good as we are

Oust King George the Experienced

Caring nurse should be praised

How low can we go? Ask Bush

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.

Deputy recalls his loyal partner

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.

Well, 'Chronicle,' I'm convinced

President Bush misinformed, scared Americans into war on Iraq

President Bush misinformed, scared Americans into war on Iraq
General William Tecumseh Sherman wisely said "War is hell," and others have described war as "uncivilized." Even when justified, war is always hell and war is always uncivilized. The United States has fought in many wars and, unfortunately, some of those wars were unjustified and unnecessary, and we have paid a terrible price with the lives of fellow Americans. Anne Cook 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

How low can we go? Ask Bush
In your July 28 editorial "Does it matter?" you berated Teresa Heinz Kerry for telling a reporter to "shove it." You then raised the question, "Have we gone that low?" William D. Tiffin Augusta

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

Secular humanism is mislabeled
In a recent letter by Paul W. Rosenthal ("Secularists ruining the nation," July 25), secular humanists were said to be destroying the nation by spreading their liberal nonreligious seed into a society obviously meant for right-wing fundamentalist Republican Christians. I have many problems with this idea, but I'm going to stick to the basics because I can only deal with so much ignorance at once. Jade Hawk Augusta

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.

Living briefs

Pennsylvania: an ideal hiking state

Gadgets on the go

Microsoft releases patch to fix month-old security problem

Retreats offer sanctuary from stress in North Carolina

Fashion line designed for college-aged women unveiled

Kitchen waste not, kitchen want not

The Winner's Circle: The Face on the Wall

Woman can refuse to discuss political topics

Travel briefs

Style Briefs

Travel briefs
PARIS -- Bikini-clad sun worshippers and other Parisians are flocking to Paris Beach, a lengthy stretch of trucked-in sand along the Seine River.

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.

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

Woman can refuse to discuss political topics
Dear Carson: I have developed a friendship with a woman I work with and also see socially with my husband. Lately, it seems that every time we get together she and her husband bring up politics. At a recent party, a member of her family became very aggressive with me about my support of our president. I always felt that a social gathering is not the place to discuss politics or religion. Because my husband and I have been repeatedly attacked on politics with this couple, we are now making excuses to spend less time with them. Can you give me any tactful way around this subject? - Political Pressure

Decor enhances look of openness in graceful home
When it comes to town-house living, Cathie Richards sees no negatives.

The Winner's Circle: The Face on the Wall
STORY SO FAR: On Ben's first day with his foster family, he gets the first inkling that the Brennans are not as wealthy as they seem. But an upcoming excursion with Rachel drives everything else out of his head.

Style Briefs
NEW YORK -- Models over 40 can have the same great figures, hair and smiles that their 20-something counterparts have, but with age comes confidence, one of the most attractive qualities a woman can possess, says Candace Bushnell, the 45-year-old author of "Sex and the City" and "Four Blondes."

Retreats offer sanctuary from stress in North Carolina
PITTSBORO, N.C. -- Swinging away lazy afternoons in a hammock. Indulging in quiche and homemade peach cobbler from the General Store Cafe. Walking barefoot on the grass down to a placid pond, cooled by the summer breeze off Jordan Lake.

Kitchen waste not, kitchen want not
Interest rates are on the upswing. The economy appears much stronger now than it was last year. It looks like we can expect job growth and possibly even a raise or two over the next several years. Unfortunately, as with all recoveries, we should also expect higher interest rates. Bottom line: we can enjoy a growing economy where interest rates are pretty darn low and the job market is in growth mode.

Pennsylvania: an ideal hiking state
GARDNERS, Pa. -- At 3,213 feet, Mount Davis in Somerset County lords over the wild rivers of southwest Pennsylvania. And as the state's highest point, it makes for one rewarding (and fairly easy) hike.

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.

Gadgets on the go
It was, understandably, the trip from hell. Trapped in a van during the summer with no air conditioning, on a 700-mile trek from Loveland, Colo., to Ames, Iowa, Lynn Matson and his wife were desperate to find something to occupy their 7- and 9-year-old children. Somewhere in Nebraska, they decided to make do with their surroundings. They counted dead animals.

Living briefs
Do you love to drink smoothies? If you're older than 16 and would like to be a smoothie taste-tester, tell us why in 25 words or less. We'll treat you to a tour of places that serve smoothies.

Authorities bring charges in 1996 slaying

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.

News you can use

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.

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.

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.

Fort Stewart unit trains on big guns

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.

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.

Youth tournament evokes enthusiasm

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.

Fire crews keep eye on fitness

Project fights plant invaders

News you can use
Today in regional history: Aug. 1, 1995 When they face a federal judge again, the three former Healthmaster executives prosecuted last week can expect prison sentences for their roles in a wide-ranging Medicare fraud scheme, attorneys said Monday.

Across the area

Pitcher's character outshines skills on diamond
STAPLETON, Ga. - It's a perfect summer evening, and Ty McTier is doing the unfathomable in his yard. It starts with a twirl of a baseball bat, the way an Indian brave would twirl a tomahawk.

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

Fire crews keep eye on fitness
In a job where lives are on the line, it makes good sense to check up on the fitness of the men and women who battle fires in Augusta, some officials say.

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

Complex unveiled
Major General Janet Hicks spoke at an open house Thursday for Fort Gordon's new hunting and fishing sportsmen's complex.

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

Party provides pencils, prayers
Hundreds flocked to a community block party Saturday that provided free school supplies, health care, safety education and, most importantly, worship.

Schools brace for financial problems
AIKEN - Students returning to Strom Thurmond High School this week will have to get used to wearing identification badges, having Rebel the blue tick hound as their mascot and having new leadership by Principal Greg Thompson.

Festival features schools' activities
C.J. Herrin has waited all summer for Aug. 3, the first day of school in Columbia County.

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.

Georgians return home invigorated
BOSTON - Fueled by four days of Democratic zeal, Georgia delegates headed home this weekend from their party's national convention aiming to translate partisan verve into presidential votes for Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry.

State to control watering of lawns

Residents celebrate Huguenot ancestry
McCORMICK, S.C. - They came to live on the west bank of the Little River more than two centuries ago for that most American of reasons - religious freedom.

Volunteers find good, clean fun

Hopefuls debate school funding
COLUMBIA - The two candidates vying to replace U.S. Sen. Ernest "Fritz" Hollings clashed on how to fund education as they addressed parents and teachers who were gathered for a conference in Columbia on Saturday.

Kid of the day

Across the Southeast
ASHLAND, KY. - About 20 cars of a freight train derailed in northeast Kentucky on Saturday, hitting a natural gas line and forcing about 45 people to evacuate, state police said.

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.

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

Graham expects success

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - Animal-rights activists called for tougher penalties for cockfighting, saying the current punishments were a "slap on the wrist" and allow the activity to thrive.

Across South Carolina

Across the area
Aiken County sheriff's authorities arrested a Marietta man Saturday in connection with the late Friday stabbing of an acquaintance in a North Augusta home.

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.

Youth tournament evokes enthusiasm
AIKEN - James Alexander drove 850 miles in a caravan of cars from Kilgore, Texas, to make it to the Dixie Junior Boys World Series, and he wasn't disappointed when he got to Aiken.

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.

Residents celebrate Huguenot ancestry

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Rants and Raves
HERE'S MY VOTE FOR the top idiots of July: the people who awarded Martha Burk $120,000 and the woman who forgot she had a kid suffering in a hot car while she was shopping in an air-conditioned store.

Storm warning issued for Carolina coast
MIAMI -- The first tropical depression of the Atlantic hurricane season formed Saturday, and a tropical storm warning was issued for coastal areas of the Carolinas, forecasters said.

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.

Pitcher's character outshines skills on diamond

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.

Across South Carolina

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

Puppets become teaching tool

Across the area

Across Georgia
CONYERS - A 79-year-old monk with Alzheimer's disease who disappeared after he left his Rockdale County monastery was found late Friday in Ohio.

Georgians return home invigorated

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.

Party provides pencils, prayers

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

Schools brace for financial problems

2 PETA activists arrested in thongs

Complex unveiled

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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.

Course is where officials want it
For the first time in four years, there will be no new changes made to the Augusta National Golf Club layout - at least none that will effect the Masters Tournament.

Johnson has little use for new points system

Kvapil wins NASCAR truck race at Michigan
BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Travis Kvapil moved into the lead with 17 laps remaining and held on for his first victory in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season at Michigan International Speedway on Saturday.

Kvapil wins NASCAR truck race at Michigan

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.

Kanaan claims 1st pole

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

Kanaan claims 1st pole
BROOKLYN, Mich. - Tony Kanaan won the pole Saturday for the Indy Racing League's Michigan 400 with a fast lap of 215.871 mph at the D-shaped, two-mile oval of Michigan International Speedway.

Overshadowed win sent Johnson to lead

Hemphill wins ARCA race in home state
LONG POND, Pa. -- Ryan Hemphill made his return to his home state a triumphant one, winning the 80-lap ARCA Giant 200 on Saturday at Pocono Raceway.

Gordon looking to keep hot streak alive at Pocono
LONG POND, Pa. -- Nextel Cup point leader Jimmie Johnson doesn't have to look far to find perhaps his most formidable competition in the series' 10-race chase for the championship - teammate Jeff Gordon.

Johnson has little use for new points system
LONG POND, Pa. -- Sometimes, Jimmie Johnson lets his mind drift to how he could be building on his Nextel Cup points lead, not worrying about fighting for it over the last 10 races.

Scheckter hopes to rebound in Michigan Indy

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

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

Judge in Bryant case makes apology for court mistakes

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.

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.

Bol sues cab company for medical bills

Confident, bolder Boller launches second season

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

Bears expect Urlacher to be ready for season opener

Cut blocks too lethal to try in practice

Little talks, but only about football

Personable Mora understands complexities of his job

Winslow's agent rejects Browns' offer

McKay eager to finalize contract with Hall

Jaguars want bigger role in Jacksonville's Super Season

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Colleagues mourned the passing of a Richmond County Board of Education architect and maintenance director Friday.

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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.

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.

A day with the ancient Olympians
ANCIENT NEMEA, Greece -- I took my white tunic and rope belt from the pile. The judges picked out fresh laurel crowns and hand-hewn staffs. I walked out into the shade of tall cypress trees to await the trip to the Temple of Hercules.

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.

'No room' is poor answer for violence victims
Imagine you're an innkeeper and a pregnant woman dressed in white and blue rides up on a donkey looking for a room. Imagine further that she's also black and blue - having been the victim of domestic violence.

'No room' is poor answer for violence victims
Imagine you're an innkeeper and a pregnant woman dressed in white and blue rides up on a donkey looking for a room. Imagine further that she's also black and blue - having been the victim of domestic violence.

European meets wary of Marion Jones' participation

Manager: Tyson tore ligament in knee in first round of loss

Tyson loss could mean end of career

Federer beats Johansson to advance to Tennis Masters

Williams withdraws from Acura Classic with swelling in left knee

Davenport advances to Acura Classic final

Tyson loss could mean end of career
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- So this is how it all ends for Mike Tyson.

Davenport advances to Acura Classic final
CARLSBAD, Calif. -- Lindsay Davenport overcame a jammed right knee to beat Elena Dementieva 6-2, 6-4 in the Acura Classic semifinals Saturday and extended her winning streak to 13 consecutive matches.

Manager: Tyson tore ligament in knee in first round of loss
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Mike Tyson tore a ligament in his left knee in the first round of his shocking knockout loss to Danny Williams, his manager said Saturday.

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.

Federer beats Johansson to advance to Tennis Masters
TORONTO -- Andy Roddick advanced to the final of the Tennis Masters Canada with a 7-5, 6-3 win over Nicolas Kiefer of Germany on Saturday, setting up a rematch of his Wimbledon final against Roger Federer.

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.

Buckarama banks on return visitors
As many as 60,000 visitors are forecast for this year's annual Atlanta Buckarama, where patrons can get a glimpse at many of the most famous whitetails ever taken.

Artifact collectors don't have to dig deep to help
Dale Hollins found his first arrowhead when he was 10. "I was on a dove shoot with my dad, and of course I was the retriever," he recalled. "Daddy shot a bird and it glided around a corner to an area that wasn't part of the field being shot."

Artifact collectors don't have to dig deep to help

McKay eager to finalize contract with Hall
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- When the Jacksonville Jaguars reached contract terms with the NFL's No. 9 overall pick, Atlanta Falcons general manager Rich McKay hoped DeAngelo Hall would soon follow.

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.

Cut blocks too lethal to try in practice
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Center Todd McClure still must wait another 11 days before he cut blocks an opponent.

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.

Personable Mora understands complexities of his job
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Jim Mora offers a firm handshake, direct eye contact and a meet-and-greet affinity that serves him well.

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.

Jaguars want bigger role in Jacksonville's Super Season
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Super Bowl will be played in Jacksonville in February and the Jaguars would like to be much more than just good hosts.

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.

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

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Course is where officials want it

NCAA's new rule just doesn't fly

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.

Sunday TV news show guests
Guest lineup for the Sunday TV news shows:

Gotti trying to clear her name with reality TV show

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.

Pageant eliminates its talent broadcast
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. - One aspiring Miss America took her trained pigeons up on stage. But when a stage light blew, according to pageant lore, the surprised birds flew off stage, raining droppings on the audience.

Ratings for basic cable networks

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"

Pageant eliminates its talent broadcast

Nicolas Cage marries 20-year-old former waitress

People in the News

People in the News

Celebrity Birthdays

Chess legend Bobby Fischer deportation delayed

Odds and Ends

Boy impaled in the neck by arrow, but survives

Connection between design and devotion studied

Religion news in brief

Faith Calendar

Volunteers extend their church to homeless men

Faith digest

DNA research and Mormon scholars changing basic beliefs

A Unitarian pastor examines the nature of sin

Unitarian-Universalists to mark 50 years