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

Couple produces Afro-centric books for young readers

A peek into the domestic lives of Victorians

'Playboy of the Western World' finds its way to America

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."

Broadway gets a new 'Sly Fox': Richard Kind

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.

Gallery exhibit put spotlight on artists' soles
NEW YORK -- Shoes can be beautiful, stunning, controversial and worthy of conversation. Hmmm, that sounds a lot like fine art.

William F. Buckley looks back with fondness

London's theaterland struggles through a tough summer
LONDON -- "We Happy Few" is closing early - unhappily. A critically praised "Hamlet" has plenty of empty seats. And there are even spare tickets for the smash hit "Jerry Springer - The Opera."

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.

'Playboy of the Western World' finds its way to America
NEW YORK -- "The Playboy of the Western World," one of Ireland's greatest plays, will find its way to America this fall, performed by Ireland's best known theater, the Abbey.

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.

Broadway gets a new 'Sly Fox': Richard Kind
NEW YORK -- Get ready for major cast changes at "Sly Fox," the Larry Gelbart comedy, playing at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. Most of the newcomers arrive Aug. 17.

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'

London's theaterland struggles through a tough summer

Linda Greenlaw lies her way to the bookstore shelves

Gallery exhibit put spotlight on artists' soles

Loose fielding does in co-host

Maddux leaves without 300th win
CHICAGO -- Greg Maddux will have to wait for win No. 300.

Maddux leaves without 300th win

With a typical shoulder shrug, Maddux goes for 300

Loaiza surprised by trade to Yankees
NEW YORK -- During the All-Star break, Esteban Loaiza got a pretty good idea the New York Yankees were interested in him. He just didn't think they meant this soon.

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.

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

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

Aiken plates major victory
AIKEN - The all-stars from Aiken have turned into the surprise of the Dixie Junior Boys World Series.

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.

Boston stresses defense over Nomar
BOSTON -- Mired in mediocrity, the slugging Boston Red Sox are trying a new approach: hitting fewer balls off the Green Monster and catching more in their gloves.

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.

Charleston Southern lets go of baseball coach
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Charleston Southern athletic director Hank Small said Sunday the school would not renew the contract of baseball coach Gary Murphy.

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.

Loaiza surprised by trade to Yankees

Charleston Southern lets go of baseball coach

Boston stresses defense over Nomar

Garciaparra traded to Cubs in four-team trade

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.

Woman charged with shooting at lobster divers
KEY WEST, Fla. -- A woman who was upset about lobster divers in the canal behind her house in the Florida Keys was arrested after allegedly shooting at them with a handgun.

Man hired to round up pesky chickens in Key West quits his post
KEY WEST, Fla. -- The man hired to rid this resort city of its prolific and unabashed chickens quit his post, saying city leaders were not committed to the cause.

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.

Martin chips in right away as Braves win
ATLANTA - Tom Martin remembers his minor league career was stuck in neutral before he married his wife, Tasha, whom he'd known since junior high school.

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.

Martin chips in right away as Braves win

Braves deal for left-handed reliever

Braves sweep away Mets

Braves blank Mets

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

Braves sweep away Mets
ATLANTA - He makes his living, Tom Martin said, cleaning up messes.

Rite Aid prepares for first expansion since near-collapse

AT&T slides from dominant phone company to underdog

Once-troubled Washington Group enjoys revival

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.

Latin America's richest man lowers his profile

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.

Richmond County property transfers

Economy adds more low-paying jobs
NEW YORK -- The economy has put 1.5 million Americans back to work since last summer, but are the new jobs good jobs? It depends on where you look.

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.

Business school numbers down: An improving economy or doubts about value?
Is business school losing its buzz? After a golden era for the MBA degree, new figures show demand for the traditional, two-year master's of business administration program is slumping.

Economy adds more low-paying jobs

Latin America's richest man lowers his profile
MEXICO CITY -- Latin America's richest man, Carlos Slim, owns so many companies that Mexico often seems like "Slim World" - and the magnate's influence is so pervasive that it will probably endure, even as he gives up board positions and hands control of his companies to his sons.

Business school numbers down: An improving economy or doubts about value?

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:

AT&T slides from dominant phone company to underdog
NEW YORK -- AT&T Corp. bused 3,000 employees to Washington, D.C., in July 1995 to beg lawmakers to kill new telecom legislation designed to make their industry more competitive. Before they trooped into Congressional offices, CEO Robert Allen addressed them by video and declared: "Like it or not, our future is at stake inside that building." The theme song from "Rocky" blared.

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.

Business briefs

Company debt might be difficult to find
NEW YORK -- Is the company you own stock in carrying a lot more debt than what's shown on its balance sheet?

Company debt might be difficult to find

Business briefs

Liquor industry gets marketing help from government

Refineries are profitable, yet nobody wants to build one
WASHINGTON -- It's a good time to be in the oil refinery business. Demand for gasoline is high and profits are pouring in at a record clip.

Refineries are profitable, yet nobody wants to build one

Business briefs
OFFICE POLITICS: With this being a presidential election year, there's no shortage of political news and opinion. That can make the office a politically touchy zone of sniping and whining, warns a management training agency.

Program offers job-seekers tryouts at potential career

Liquor industry gets marketing help from government
WASHINGTON -- Jack Daniels and Jim Beam are getting a boost from Uncle Sam.

Rite Aid prepares for first expansion since near-collapse
CAMP HILL, Pa. -- Expansion, which once threatened Rite Aid Corp.'s existence, is back on the drugstore chain's agenda.

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.

It's time to ban smoking
In some smokers' minds, if nonsmokers don't like smelling like ash trays or breathing in carcinogens or having their allergies aggravated by cigarette smoke, then those nonsmokers should:

Who's got the Big Tent?

The good fight

Our watchdog is defective
It's embarrassing, as well as rare, for any community to have its Better Business Bureau office shut down. But it is especially so for Augusta, which is already hampered with a reputation for not being particularly business friendly.

Patrick's victory
Movie buffs might remember Irreconcilable Differences, in which a little girl played by Drew Barrymore petitioned to divorce her parents. It was such an absurd notion in 1984 that producers crafted a comedy out of it.

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

Our watchdog is defective

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.

Patrick's victory

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.

People in the News
ROME -- With the Roman Colosseum as a backdrop, Simon & Garfunkel performed a free concert before hundreds of thousands of fans to close out the European leg of their Old Friends tour.

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:

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

Cole Porter biopics like night and day
Pure Hollywood. The 1946 movie "Night and Day," starring Cary Grant as Cole Porter, was a grand deception. After seeing the film, Porter pronounced with obvious satisfaction: "None of it is true."

Credit companies resist anti-identity theft freeze
NEW YORK -- Little by little, a weapon against identity theft is gaining currency - but few people know about it.

Microsoft dividend will benefit mutual fund holders a little

Credit companies resist anti-identity theft freeze

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.

Fathers look for more flexibility at work

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.

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.

Students need spending leash when in college

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?"

People suggest flipping or eliminating food pyramid

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.

Beloved cartoons just annoy me now

Stupples wins first major; Sorenstam ties for 13th
SUNNINGDALE, England -- Karen Stupples began the final round of the Women's British Open eagle-double eagle. It was the kind of start Annika Sorenstam needed.

Singh wins Buick Open at 23 under

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.

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

Finnish teen Blomqvist cards lowest score in a major

Singh wins Buick Open at 23 under
GRAND BLANC, Mich. -- The final round of the Buick Open on Sunday turned into a virtual match-play between Vijay Singh and John Daly, one of the top golfers in the world against one of game's most popular.

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.

Stupples wins first major; Sorenstam ties for 13th

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.

Moore makes 33-foot put to win Western Amateur

Hughes wins in playoff at Wichita
WICHITA, Kan. -- Bradley Hughes sank a 20-foot eagle putt on the 18th hole to join a four-man playoff, then came right back and birdied it to win the Nationwide Tour's Wichita Open on the first extra hole Sunday.

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.

Moore makes 33-foot put to win Western Amateur
BENTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- Ryan Moore made a 33-foot birdie putt on the first extra hole to beat Australian James Nitties and win the 102nd Western Amateur championship.

Singh leads at Buick Open with Daly and Woods lurking

Jacobsen rallies to win U.S. Senior Open
ST. LOUIS -- Peter Jacobsen played 36 holes with a sore hip on Sunday and still rallied to win the U.S. Senior Open after Tom Kite double-bogeyed the final hole.

RiverDogs win heated contest

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.

Senator helped constituent in need
On May 15, Jason Lambert of Sylvania was in a four-wheeler accident, leaving him with head trauma and facial contusions. Cindy Clifton Sylvania

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

Hitler, Dems share common ground
I don't mind being the bearer of bad news to Paul Cook in regard to his letter of July 10 where he characterizes Adolf Hitler as being on the "right." Allen W. Johnson Augusta

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

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

Is Walker really the best choice?

Dems come off as anti-American
World War III probably began when the hard line Islamic regime took over Iran in 1979. Wahhabism, an extreme fundamentalist Islam - of which al-Qaida is but one faction - has declared our extinction to be their purpose. They themselves refer to it as "the Third Great Jihad." We are only at the beginning! Robert Smock Hephzibah

How low can we go? Ask Bush

Michael Moore's film is short on facts
Michael Moore's "documentary" may be called Fahrenheit 9/11, but there's nothing fair about it. John Hart Augusta

President Bush misinformed, scared Americans into war on Iraq

Dems come off as anti-American

Oust King George the Experienced

Well, 'Chronicle,' I'm convinced

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

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

Michael Moore's film is short on facts

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

Martha Stewart crafts deft spin
Columnist Sheryl McCarthy misunderstands Martha Stewart's remarks about her prison sentence being "shameful" ("For Martha Stewart, humility is never in fashion," July 20). Tom Booker 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

Woman can refuse to discuss political topics

Pennsylvania: an ideal hiking state

The Winner's Circle: The Face on the Wall

Is it best to turn my computer off when it's not being used?

Retreats offer sanctuary from stress in North Carolina

With fewer kids to pamper, aging Japan becomes pet heaven

Gadgets on the go

Companies create shows and games that get kids off the couch

Travel briefs

Researchers aim to make debugging simpler

Kitchen waste not, kitchen want not

AirPort Express is wireless jack of all trades

Style Briefs

Living briefs

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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

AirPort Express is wireless jack of all trades
Some wireless gadgets pump music from a computer to a stereo or TV. Others take a broadband connection and make it available to any PC within range. Still others share printers. And some extend the signal of existing Wi-Fi networks.

Researchers aim to make debugging simpler
PITTSBURGH -- Computer bugs, or errors in software, can mess up just about anything: They've been blamed for missing homework, blackouts, prison breaks and even the loss of multimillion-dollar space probes.

Is it best to turn my computer off when it's not being used?
Q. I've heard that frequently turning my computer on and off can hurt the performance of internal parts. But I don't want to leave it on all the time either and waste power. What's the best course?

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.

Companies create shows and games that get kids off the couch
NEW YORK -- Some of the new video games on the market make children move more than their thumbs - they get the kids off the couch and get them to exercise.

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.

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

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

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.

With fewer kids to pamper, aging Japan becomes pet heaven
TOKYO -- Camera poised, Tomoaki Kasuga peers eagerly forward as Coco takes her first swimming lesson. When she successfully catches a tennis ball and swims toward him, Kasuga's nervous face melts into a broad smile.

Overflowing prisons causing crunch at county jails
ATHENS, Ga. -- Six county jails in northeast Georgia are overflowing with inmates as state prisoners wait for beds to open up in state-run facilities.

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.

Interstate connections
Two new Southeastern interstates proposed last month by federal lawmakers are still a long way from reality, but they are already generating excitement.

Political message focuses on jobs

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.

Across the area

Five questions
Al Gillespie, chief of the Augusta-Richmond County Fire Department, answers five questions for The Augusta Chronicle.

Advocates criticize law allowing state to recoup Medicaid costs

Advance voting for runoff elections begins Monday
MACON, Ga. -- With the start of the new school year, parents may be taking more advantage of the early voting period for the Aug. 10 runoffs, election officials said.

Deputy considers himself lucky

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.

Overflowing prisons causing crunch at county jails

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.

Loudly-painted home criticized in Savannah

Arthur Ravenel retiring after long political career
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. -- From the weathered wooden dock reaching into Charleston Harbor behind state Sen. Arthur Ravenel's house, one can see the massive diamond-shaped towers of the new bridge bearing his name.

August heat brings afternoon storms

Rants and Raves
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ISG-Georgetown plant begins first full day of production

First tropical storm of 2004 forms off Charleston
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The first tropical storm of the season developed Sunday afternoon off the coast of South Carolina, but few effects were being felt on shore.

First tropical storm of 2004 forms off Charleston

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.

Kid of the day

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.

Animal advocates put pets in spotlight

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.

Interstate connections

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.

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.

Across South Carolina

Fire crews keep eye on fitness

Black caucus contests primary results
ATLANTA -- A state representative might be facing additional competition in the Aug. 10 runoff after being accused of falsely claiming that dozens of black legislators endorsed him.

Across the area

ISG-Georgetown plant begins first full day of production
GEORGETOWN, S.C. -- Former Georgetown Steel mill employee Kenny Matthews Sr. waited nearly 10 months to return to work.

Complex unveiled

No short shorts allowed at county jails
Anyone visiting Richmond County jails might want to know before going - Daisy Dukes and tops revealing too much cleavage will probably get you kicked out.

Advocates criticize law allowing state to recoup Medicaid costs
MACON, Ga. -- A new state law that would allow the state to collect assets from the families of former Medicaid beneficiaries upon their deaths is being criticized by senior citizen advocates.

August heat brings afternoon storms
Umbrellas are at the ready by the door of Georgia Golf Hall of Fame's Botanical Gardens with a possibility of afternoon thunderstorms in the forecast.

Schools brace for financial problems

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Garrett H. Whitfield, 4, of Belvedere.

Party provides pencils, prayers

Loudly-painted home criticized in Savannah
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- There's a home that stands out in one of Savannah's Victorian neighborhoods.

Georgians return home invigorated

News of motel slaying ends family's seven-year search
MACON, Ga. -- Michele Momcilovic's seven-year search for her uncle came to a sobering end when she learned that he was killed in a Macon motel.

Youth tournament evokes enthusiasm

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.

Scouts provide look at nature

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

No short shorts allowed at county jails

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

Some seek to raise alcohol content in beer in S.C.

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.

Across Georgia

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.

Deputy considers himself lucky
For Richmond County sheriff's Deputy David James, showing a first-year T-ball player how to catch a pop fly or run to first base is a priceless moment.

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.

Scouts provide look at nature
Pupils at Lewiston Elementary School will soon be able to learn about science in hands-on fashion.

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.

The week ahead
The photo, now about 42 years old, is like so many of its era. A freshly scrubbed band, hair slicked and jackets pressed, stiffly poses on an anonymous stage. There are instruments present - a few guitars, a piano and a pair of much-maligned maracas - although it seems unlikely, with such rapt attention being paid to the camera, that anyone is actually playing.

Pitcher's character outshines skills on diamond

Rants and Raves
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Residents celebrate Huguenot ancestry

Political message focuses on jobs
AIKEN - Inez Tenenbaum is short and sharp and packs a fireball political message aimed at inflaming the voters of South Carolina, reminding them they live in a state with the nation's fifth-worst unemployment rate.

Horse found with eastern equine encephalitis
ATLANTA -- A horse in Lowndes County has tested positive for eastern equine encephalitis, state health officials said.

Across the area
An Augusta woman was shot in the chest at a Gordon Highway nightclub early Sunday, and warrants are out for the arrest of the shooter, according to Richmond County sheriff's officers.

Charleston couple stays in pricey homes rent free
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Sheila and Peter Potter live in some of the finest homes in Charleston rent free. The only catch - they have to be willing to move in and move out almost immediately.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - A horse in Lowndes County has tested positive for eastern equine encephalitis, state health officials said.

Some seek to raise alcohol content in beer in S.C.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- With the move to change South Carolina's minibottle law, some people also are pushing to legalize higher-alcohol beer.

Across South Carolina
GREENVILLE - Officials say the damage from Thursday's floods in Greenville County has increased to $5.8 million, allowing the county to request federal aid.

Animal advocates put pets in spotlight
BRUNSWICK, Ga. - Alec Diestel has himself a new dog, and he found him at the mall.

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.

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.

Beloved cartoons just annoy me now
When I was a boy, my father brought home our first television set. It didn't take long for him to coin a new term for the cartoons that my siblings and I grew addicted to on Saturday mornings:

Where are the Manchurians in 'The Manchurian Candidate'?

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films
Capsule reviews of films opening this week:

Japanese director Takeshi Kitano mulls bipolar career

Judy Greer's career takes a serious turn in 'The Village'

What scares the cast of 'The Village'?
M. Night Shyamalan is known for writing and directing suspenseful films - "The Sixth Sense," "Unbreakable" and "Signs" - but what movie keeps him and the actors from his latest offering, "The Village," on the edge of their seats?

What scares the cast of 'The Village'?

Japanese director Takeshi Kitano mulls bipolar career
TOKYO -- Sure, he's won some fancy international awards and has a worldwide reputation as a gifted auteur for such films as "Hana-Bi" and now "Zatoichi, the Blind Swordsman."

Movie-goers crowd into 'Village' for $50.8 million debut
LOS ANGELES -- Fright maestro M. Night Shyamalan scared up his latest No. 1 debut with "The Village," a tale of an isolated town menaced by bogey men in the woods that had a $50.8 million opening weekend.

Joaquin Phoenix faces more dark forces in 'The Village'

Joaquin Phoenix faces more dark forces in 'The Village'
NEW YORK -- Joaquin Phoenix won't read this article. He can't stand reading about himself, and he can't stand the fact that other actors do it. So he won't know of the sober, heartfelt praise his co-stars in "The Village" have for him.

Movie-goers crowd into 'Village' for $50.8 million debut

Judy Greer's career takes a serious turn in 'The Village'
NEW YORK -- Fans of the Fox comedy "Arrested Development" will recognize Judy Greer for her recurring role as flighty, slightly insane secretary Kitty. Now Greer is playing another character named Kitty in a very different setting.

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films

Where are the Manchurians in 'The Manchurian Candidate'?
NEW YORK -- Don't look for any Manchurians in "The Manchurian Candidate" remake. The only Manchurian is in the name of the villain - an evil multinational conglomerate.

Wilson says 'Redneck Woman' a 'be-true-to-yourself anthem'
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The word "redneck" doesn't translate well into German, country singer Gretchen Wilson learned during her recent overseas tour.

Entertainment review: A striking 'Nose' at Bard
ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. -- "The Nose" sticks out in the operatic repertoire, an absurdist work by Shostakovich with a twisted plot and difficult score that is rarely performed.

Sound Bites: Music Reviews
Selected Associated Press audio reviews:

Sound Bites: Music Reviews

Entertainment review: A striking 'Nose' at Bard

Wilson says 'Redneck Woman' a 'be-true-to-yourself anthem'

Johnson has little use for new points system

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.

Pain, car force Earnhardt out
LONG POND, Pa. - Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s foot fell asleep.

Johnson inches closer to the final chase
LONG POND, Pa. - Jimmie Johnson could treat these midsummer NASCAR Nextel Cup races as leisurely Sunday drives.

Scheckter crew member injured at Michigan Indy
BROOKLYN, Mich. -- A member of Tomas Scheckter's pit crew was injured Sunday during the Michigan Indy 400 at Michigan International Speedway when Scheckter's car struck him during a pit stop.

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.

Kvapil wins NASCAR truck race at Michigan

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.

Pain, car force Earnhardt out

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.

Scheckter crew member injured at Michigan Indy

Johnson inches closer to the final chase

Kanaan claims 1st pole

Jaguars want bigger role in Jacksonville's Super Season

Muhammad back with Panthers for ninth season

Atlanta offense shines in goal-line work

Personable Mora understands complexities of his job

Overstreet suffers another shoulder injury

McKay eager to finalize contract with Hall

Cut blocks too lethal to try in practice

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Suit improvements take swimmers to new heights

Suit improvements take swimmers to new heights
The suits that looked so revolutionary in Sydney - some covering the entire body - are now commonplace at the Olympic pool.

Rising costs bring questions about value of games
ATHENS, Greece -- By almost any measure, the Olympics flunk basic economics.

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.

'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.

Tyson loss could mean end of career

Davenport advances to Acura Classic final

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

Federer beats Johansson to advance to Tennis Masters

U.S. women's soccer team beats China in Olympic warmup
EAST HARTFORD, Conn. -- Mia Hamm had a goal and two assists to lead the U.S. women's soccer team to a 3-1 win over China Sunday in the final warmup before the Athens Olympics.

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.

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.

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.

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

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."

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Muhammad back with Panthers for ninth season
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Muhsin Muhammad was not supposed to be a Carolina Panther this season.

Overstreet suffers another shoulder injury
GREENVILLE, S.C. - For the third straight year, Will Overstreet's left arm hangs in a blue denim sling. Cursed again.

Atlanta offense shines in goal-line work
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Head coach Jim Mora liked what he saw and heard from the Atlanta Falcons' offense in the team's first goal-line action of training camp.

Vatican fears radical movements blurring differences between men and women
VATICAN CITY -- The Vatican on Saturday denounced feminism for trying to blur differences between men and women and threatening the institution of families based on a mother and a father.

Course is where officials want it

Pageant eliminates its talent broadcast

New Pakistani television channels pushing new political, social boundaries
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- The scars around her eyes were visible even before the young Pakistani woman lifted her veil, showing TV viewers the burns suffered when her husband doused her with kerosene and set her on fire. Such a spectacle until recently would have been too shocking for Pakistani television.

New Pakistani television channels pushing new political, social boundaries

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week
"People make a lot of stupid assumptions about me when they hear my name," says Victoria Gotti. No kidding.

Elayne Boosler thinks retro with 'Balderdash' game show

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.

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

Did news networks cover the convention or provide a filter?

Elayne Boosler thinks retro with 'Balderdash' game show
LOS ANGELES -- Elayne Boosler likes to think of her new game show, PAX's "Balderdash," as a throwback to the programs she watched as a youngster.

Did news networks cover the convention or provide a filter?
NEW YORK -- Some TV viewers might not be aware that former President Carter, Al Gore and Al Sharpton all spoke at last week's Democratic convention.

People in the News

Celebrity Birthdays

People in the News

Nicolas Cage marries 20-year-old former waitress

Cole Porter biopics like night and day

Man hired to round up pesky chickens in Key West quits his post

Woman charged with shooting at lobster divers

Odds and Ends

Vatican fears radical movements blurring differences between men and women