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.

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.

Broadway gets a new 'Sly Fox': Richard Kind

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

'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.

Gallery exhibit put spotlight on artists' soles

London's theaterland struggles through a tough summer

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."

Tigers earn respect with turnaround
DETROIT -- When baseball teams made a trip to Detroit last season, they usually could count on a couple of wins.

N. Augusta title hopes lost
AIKEN - Scott Richter is usually a pretty talkative man.

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

N. Augusta title hopes lost

AL Capsules
TORONTO -- Ted Lilly won for the first time in more than a month and Vernon Wells hit a three-run homer in the first inning before leaving with a calf injury as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Cleveland Indians 6-1 Monday.

Clemens ejected from youth baseball game

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.

AL Capsules

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.

Tigers earn respect with turnaround

Clemens ejected from youth baseball game
Roger Clemens got tossed for a spitter.

No fuss, no muss and still no 300 for Maddux

Mariners place Guardado on DL
SEATTLE -- The Seattle Mariners placed closer Eddie Guardado on the 15-day disabled list Monday with a tired left shoulder.

Charleston Southern lets go of baseball coach

Cleveland falls short in Toronto
TORONTO -- Cleveland starter Cliff Lee threw his hat and glove into the stands after his latest loss.

Boston stresses defense over Nomar

Maddux leaves without 300th win

Loaiza surprised by trade to Yankees

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

Mariners place Guardado on DL

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.

Cleveland falls short in Toronto

No fuss, no muss and still no 300 for Maddux
CHICAGO - His manager is a baseball lifer, but he couldn't remember the last time a pitcher chasing his 300th win generated so little buzz. And though the commissioner made the short hop down from Milwaukee to mark the occasion, he had to agree.

Summer's ups and downs lie in water temperature

Odds and Ends
McALESTER, Okla. -- Some families have heirloom quilts or clocks. Margie Clark plans to pass a shriveled orange on to her children.

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.

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.

CEO will get salary plus a bonus while serving prison time
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Unlike many fellow inmates, Andrew Wiederhorn won't have to worry about finding a job when he's released from federal prison. In fact, the CEO of Fog Cutter Capital Group will be making $2.5 million while he serves his 18-month sentence.

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

Braves sweep away Mets

Thomas comes up big during Braves playoff run

Braves hope new strategy boosts game attendance

Thomas comes up big during Braves playoff run
ATLANTA -- Charles Thomas wasn't even a starter in the minor leagues at the beginning of the season.

Martin chips in right away as Braves win

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 hope new strategy boosts game attendance
ATLANTA - Seven straight years of Atlanta Braves baseball at Turner Field, sunny side up, has resulted in an attendance decline of 1 million fans.

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.

Manufacturing activity increases again in July

Buildings targeted in purported plot open for business, warily
WASHINGTON -- Financial institutions identified as targets of a terrorist plot in three cities opened for business Monday under stepped-up security and defiant words from people who said they won't be cowed by the extraordinary intelligence pointing to a potential attack.

Buildings targeted in purported plot open for business, warily

Latin America's richest man lowers his profile

BellSouth offers phone-repair tips

Court rules Yukos does not have to pay baliff penalty on tax bill
MOSCOW -- A Moscow court ruled Monday that the Yukos oil company does not have to pay a $223 million penalty to bailiffs trying to collect an enormous back taxes bill owed by Russia's largest oil producer, news reports said.

Company debt might be difficult to find

Aetna launches specialty pharmacy business
HARTFORD, Conn. -- The insurer Aetna Inc. said Monday it will create a joint venture to provide specialty drugs to its members with severe chronic illnesses while holding down costs.

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.

Rite Aid prepares for first expansion since near-collapse

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.

Liquor industry gets marketing help from government

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?

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.

AT&T slides from dominant phone company to underdog

Apple co-founder Jobs undergoes surgery to remove cancerous tumor
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- As Steve Jobs began his recovery from cancer surgery, the charismatic chief executive of Apple Computer Inc. and Pixar Animation Studios took care to reassure employees, friends and investors that he expects a full recovery.

Airlines rescind fare increases

Crude oil futures slip from high levels in nervous trading
LONDON -- Oil prices slipped Monday from recent lofty levels as jittery markets, already fearful of a disruption to Russian supply, reacted to warnings of terrorist attacks on U.S. financial centers.

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.

Airlines rescind fare increases
FORT WORTH, Texas -- American Airlines has given up on its proposed fare increases after some carriers declined to match the hikes on all their seats. American is following United Airlines' lead in making a new round of price cuts on select routes.

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.

Manufacturing activity increases again in July

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

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

Court rules Yukos does not have to pay baliff penalty on tax bill

Economy adds more low-paying jobs

BellSouth offers phone-repair tips
If static in your telephone line has your head ringing, you might just want to try unplugging it, BellSouth says.

Business briefs

Business briefs
CSRA Federal Credit Union will break ground today on its fourth branch office at 511 N. Belair Road, its first in Columbia County.

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.

Cox proposes cable provider privatization
ATLANTA - Cox Enterprises Inc. announced a $7.9 billion proposal Monday to buy all publicly held shares of Cox Communications Inc. and take the nation's fourth largest cable television provider private.

Cox proposes cable provider privatization

Manufacturing activity increases again in July
NEW YORK -- U.S. manufacturing expanded for the 14th consecutive month in July, boosted by new orders and higher production, the Institute for Supply Management said Monday.

Refineries are profitable, yet nobody wants to build one

Aetna launches specialty pharmacy business

Illness afflicts former coach

Judge dismisses Smith lawsuit because of jurisdiction
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- A state circuit judge Monday dismissed the defamation lawsuit filed against the NCAA, Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer and others by former Alabama signee Kenny Smith, citing a lack of jurisdiction.

Two Illini returning starters arrested after bar fight
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Linebacker Matt Sinclair, Illinois' leading tackler, and tackle Ryan Matha, another returning starter, were charged Monday with aggravated battery stemming from a weekend bar fight, prosecutors said.

Judge dismisses Smith lawsuit because of jurisdiction

Illness afflicts former coach
GRAMBLING, La. - Eddie Robinson shuffles into the room, hunched over a cane - a shadow of the charismatic coach who made Grambling State University famous.

Two Illini returning starters arrested after bar fight

Arkansas coaches relax one last time before challenging season
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Arkansas Coach Houston Nutt savored one last day of relaxation Monday before turning to the task of leading his team into one of the most challenging seasons of his career.

Arkansas coaches relax one last time before challenging season

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.

Patrick's victory

Roads to prosperity

Harlem's great catch

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:

Harlem's great catch
Harlem has hit the big time. We're not referring to that famed section of New York City where the Apollo Theater is world-renowned for its showtime entertainers. We're referencing Columbia County's Harlem, a community of 2,100 people that was the birthplace of Oliver Hardy, the corpulent member of the wildly popular, and hilariously funny, early 20th century comedic team of Laurel and Hardy.

Our watchdog is defective

Roads to prosperity
It's the most ambitious economic development plan of the new century for our two-state area - and if it comes to fruition, it would be the region's most significant economic development project of the century.

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.

New home-video releases
Selected home-video releases:

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."

People in the News
BOSTON -- Brittany Murphy plays a woman who goes through her boyfriend's Palm Pilot to learn about his past in her new movie, "Little Black Book."

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.

Former chess champion Bobby Fischer files second appeal
TOKYO -- Former world chess champion Bobby Fischer, who has been fighting deportation to the United States, has formally asked Tokyo for asylum, an adviser said Monday.

RJ Reynolds reports second-quarter earnings more than doubled
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Holdings, the nation's No. 2 cigarette maker, said Monday it more than doubled its earnings in the second quarter.

Franklin Advisers agrees to pay $50 million in accord on alleged market timing

Entergy trying to sell energy trading business

RJ Reynolds reports second-quarter earnings more than doubled

Credit companies resist anti-identity theft freeze

Conquering personal investing demons

P&G fourth-quarter earnings up 44 percent
CINCINNATI -- Procter & Gamble Co. reported its profit surged 44 percent in its fourth fiscal quarter with growth in its beauty and health care businesses pushing its full-year sales past $50 billion for the first time.

Cox Enterprise to acquire Cox Communications

Tokyo stocks end lower on U.S. terror warning

Franklin Advisers agrees to pay $50 million in accord on alleged market timing
WASHINGTON -- Franklin Advisers, which manages several funds in the nation's fourth-largest mutual fund complex, has agreed to pay $50 million to settle charges of allowing improper trading that violated the funds' written policies, federal regulators and the parent company said Monday.

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.

Conquering personal investing demons
NEW YORK -- Investors are prone to certain emotional - and often irrational - biases that affect their ability to make sound financial decisions.

P&G fourth-quarter earnings up 44 percent

Investors overcome terrorism jitters
NEW YORK -- Investors struggled past concerns over a potential terror strike Monday, sending stocks modestly higher following an upbeat earnings report from Procter & Gamble Co. and a positive reading on manufacturing activity.

Tokyo stocks end lower on U.S. terror warning
TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks edged lower Monday after the U.S. government issued a new terrorism warning. The U.S. dollar slipped against the Japanese yen.

Entergy trying to sell energy trading business
NEW ORLEANS -- Entergy Corp. and Koch Industries are trying to sell their joint energy trading venture, Entergy announced Monday while posting second-quarter earnings that met analysts' forecasts.

Cox Enterprise to acquire Cox Communications
ATLANTA -- Cox Enterprises Inc. announced a $7.9 billion proposal Monday to buy all outstanding publicly held shares of Cox Communications Inc. in a bid to take the cable-television provider fully private.

Beloved cartoons just annoy me now

Boston tournament tries to tweak course
NORTON, Mass. -- Organizers of the Deutsche Bank Championship tweaked the fairways, re-shaped the greens and fixed dozens of other glitches that players complained about in the inaugural tournament last year.

Daly has Ryder Cup in mind

Singh wins Buick Open at 23 under

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.

Charm causes fans to overlook Daly's errors
GRAND BLANC, Mich. - On a basketball court, he'd be booed.

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 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.

Boston tournament tries to tweak course

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.

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.

Stupples wins first major; Sorenstam ties for 13th

Charm causes fans to overlook Daly's errors

Daly has Ryder Cup in mind
RANCHO SANTA FE, Calif. - Despite two majors and celebrity status around the world for his feats on and off the golf course, John Daly is used to feeling left out.

Moore makes 33-foot put to win Western Amateur

Red Wings re-sign defenseman Fischer to 3-year contract
DETROIT -- The Detroit Red Wings re-signed restricted free agent defenseman Jiri Fischer on Monday to a three-year contract.

Panthers re-sign two left wings

Flyers' Gagne, Radivojevic accept qualifying offers

Red Wings re-sign defenseman Fischer to 3-year contract

Blackhawks re-sign McCarthy, Anderson
CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks re-signed defenseman Steve McCarthy and goaltender Craig Anderson, the team announced Monday. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Wilson gets new contract from Sharks

Islanders re-sign Parrish

Coyotes sign Nagy
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Phoenix Coyotes on Monday signed left wing Ladislav Nagy to a 2-year contract.

Wilson gets new contract from Sharks
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Coach Ron Wilson was given a new multiyear contract by the San Jose Sharks on Monday.

Flyers' Gagne, Radivojevic accept qualifying offers
PHILADELPHIA -- Free-agent forwards Simon Gagne and Branko Radivojevic accepted qualifying offers Monday from the Philadelphia Flyers.

Panthers re-sign two left wings
SUNRISE, Fla. -- The Florida Panthers re-signed left wings Darcy Hordichuk and Eric Beaudoin to 1-year deals on Monday.

Islanders re-sign Parrish
NEW YORK -- The New York Islanders re-signed restricted free agent Mark Parrish on Monday.

Summer's ups and downs lie in water temperature
School begins for many this week, but news of summer vacations is still slipping in with postcards.

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

Bush nightmare will leave scars
Something like a hidden weapon of mass destruction inside my gut is about to blast. I don't know if this letter will defuse this bomb or whatever it is.

First, absences; now, truant officers
I read with extreme pleasure the article describing how there would be no more unexcused school absences allowed in Richmond County. Worren Winburn Hephzibah

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

Good attendance deserves a reward
Regarding the editorial on school attendance policies ("Bored of education," July 25): Why do we still approach children like Pavlov's dogs? Systematic control based on restriction and punishment requires more energy, resources and personnel to operate than its existence merits. Amanda Roe Lang, Ph.D. Augusta

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

Good attendance deserves a reward

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

Make voting times more convenient
In 1845 Congress selected the first Tuesday in November as Election Day. This was done to accommodate the then-predominantly agrarian society in America. Today, 159 years later, much has changed but the archaic law still stands and we wonder why there is such low voter turn-out. Bob Groothand Augusta

Dems come off as anti-American

School dress codes are necessary
Lataisha Hill asks in her July 15 letter, "Is school about the way we dress or about education?" James E. Himley Edgefield, S.C.

First, absences; now, truant officers

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

Bush nightmare will leave scars

Make voting times more convenient

School dress codes are necessary

Michael Moore's film is short on facts

Researchers aim to make debugging simpler

AirPort Express is wireless jack of all trades

Companies create shows and games that get kids off the couch

Seniors calendar

After first year flop, FluMist maker retools strategy

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

Health and fitness calendar

Fruits and veggies are the new frontier of foodborne sickness

With fewer kids to pamper, aging Japan becomes pet heaven

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.

Talk to us
Do you have a song in your heart? Better yet, do you have a song on CD?

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?

Health and fitness calendar
The health and fitness calendar is a listing of support groups, activities and lectures. Send information to Health Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

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.

The Winner's Circle: Fearless, generous, and kind
STORY SO FAR: While looking through Brennan family photos with Rachel, Ben learns of the tragedy that hit Wind Rider Farms years ago. Was the rider he met in the fog somehow connected to the disaster?

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.

Fruits and veggies are the new frontier of foodborne sickness
PITTSBURGH -- Jerri Reges can tell you what food poisoning feels like. "This was worse than labor," said Reges, a mother of two.

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.

After first year flop, FluMist maker retools strategy
GAITHERSBURG, Md. -- Last fall, MedImmune Inc. launched an aggressive $25 million television and print ad campaign to convince consumers that its influenza vaccine, delivered through a squirt in the nose, was better than the traditional needle in the arm.

Seniors calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists activities and groups of interest to senior citizens. Please call the service agencies for information. To have your activity listed, write to Seniors Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

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.

Deputy considers himself lucky

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

Graham urges progress on MOX plant

News you can use

Across the area

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.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

ISG-Georgetown plant begins first full day of production

Interstate connections

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.

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.

Rants and raves
THIS IS A HUGE RANT for all politicians, Democrat and Republican. You say you're here for the people. Where were you when the mill abruptly shut down, throwing several hundred people out of work, costing them their homes and almost their lives because they didn't have insurance? That's right. You were sitting in your nice big houses (which we, the taxpayers, paid for), drinking your coffee and reading about it in the paper.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

Scouts provide look at nature

Historic home's paint annoys its neighbors

Loudly-painted home criticized in Savannah

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.

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

Alex strengthens, begins moving again off coast

Ground is broken for hydrogen technology

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Austin Tyler Hughes, 3, of Sylvania, Ga.

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Shooting in south Augusta neighborhood wounds man
A man was wounded in a drive-by shooting in a south Augusta neighborhood Monday afternoon.

Political message focuses on jobs

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.

UGA overflow leads to makeshift dorms

Animal advocates put pets in spotlight

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

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.

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

Graham urges progress on MOX plant
AIKEN - America should move ahead on a proposed factory at the Savannah River Site to convert weapons-grade plutonium into fuel for nuclear power plants and no longer wait on Russia to build an identical plant, U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said Monday.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Historic home's paint annoys its neighbors
SAVANNAH, Ga. - A pink house in Savannah's historic district has some locals seeing red.

Across Georgia

Ground is broken for hydrogen technology
NEW ELLENTON - The hype over hydrogen at Monday's groundbreaking for the Center for Hydrogen Research in Aiken County might have been as powerful as the gas itself.

No short shorts allowed at county jails

Charter school chief faces ex-employees' accusations
AIKEN - The Aiken County school board is examining allegations from six former Midland Valley Preparatory teachers against the school's administrator.

August heat brings afternoon storms

Leader wants atomic force
AIKEN - America needs a new generation of nuclear weapons both to fight the war on terrorism and to serve as a deterrent to China's emerging atomic might, U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said Monday.

Overflowing prisons causing crunch at county jails

Two towns submit their tax requests
Hephzibah and Blythe officials told Augusta commissioners Monday how much money their cities will need from the upcoming sales tax issue.

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.

UGA overflow leads to makeshift dorms
ATHENS, Ga. - Dorm-room supply at the University of Georgia won't meet demand this fall semester - even with 700 fewer freshmen than last year and the addition of a 1,200-bed residence community.

Groups meet to help homeless

Around town
Caleb Parker, 9, fishes in Jones Creek while his friend Trevor Carol returns to the top of the bank for his bait box. "I see a 5-pound bass right down there," Caleb yelled to his friend.

Few troops get disability pay they requested

Kid of the day

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First tropical storm of 2004 forms off Charleston

Around town

Alex strengthens, begins moving again off coast
CHARLESTON, S.C. -Tropical Storm Alex, the first tropical storm of the Atlantic season, was slow to form and slow to move. But it got organized and gathered strength and speed Monday, heading toward the open sea.

Deputies catch 2 escaped convicts

Deputies catch 2 escaped convicts
COLUMBIA - Two inmates who escaped last week from a minimum security prison in north Columbia were captured after hiking about 30 miserable miles through the woods to Newberry County.

Leader wants atomic force

Columbia County will send tax bills early
Death and taxes might be the two things that are unavoidable in life, but in Columbia County, that hasn't stopped many property owners from putting off their payment for as long as possible.

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.

Across South Carolina
GREENVILLE - Police have charged two men in connection with the stabbing death of a transient in a park.

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.

Across Georgia
STOCKBRIDGE - Authorities on Monday expanded the search for a missing 4-year-old boy.

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Across the area
A 21-year-old Augusta woman who was wanted in connection with a Sunday morning shooting surrendered to police Monday, according to the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

Across Georgia

Evidence links new suspect to woman's death
Investigators might have a new suspect in the April 2002 slaying of a Swainsboro college professor, according to court documents.

Evidence links new suspect to woman's death

Groups meet to help homeless
At last count, there were 5,376 homeless people in Augusta, 2,631 of them children, and 264 were identified as chronically homeless, according to the city's Housing and Neighborhood Department director.

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

Few troops get disability pay they requested
WASHINGTON - The military's system for compensating soldiers who become sick, injured or wounded can be as unforgiving as the battlefield: Fewer than one in 10 applicants receives the long-term disability payments requested.

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.

News you can use
AUG. 3, 1938 Abe Derico, who often preaches to the prisoners in the Richmond County stockade, wants to visit his old home in Wilkes County and has petitioned the Richmond County Commission to help get some new clothes. Derico, a former slave, is nearly 100 years old. He doesn't remember his exact age, but he knows he came to Augusta in 1845.

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.

Rants and raves
THIS IS A HUGE RANT for all politicians, Democrat and Republican. You say you're here for the people. Where were you when the mill abruptly shut down, throwing several hundred people out of work, costing them their homes and almost their lives because they didn't have insurance? That's right. You were sitting in your nice big houses (which we, the taxpayers, paid for), drinking your coffee and reading about it in the paper.

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.

Across the area N
A 21-year-old Augusta woman who was wanted in connection with a Sunday morning shooting surrendered to police Monday, according to the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

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.

Breakfast to be free at schools
Richmond County parents can put away the Pop-Tarts and forget about the Froot Loops.

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.

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GREENVILLE - Police have charged two men in connection with the stabbing death of a transient in a park.

Advocates criticize law allowing state to recoup Medicaid costs

Across Georgia N
STOCKBRIDGE - Authorities on Monday expanded the search for a missing 4-year-old boy.

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

Charter school chief faces ex-employees' accusations

Across the area

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:

Japanese director Takeshi Kitano mulls bipolar career

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films

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.

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

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.

What scares the cast of 'The Village'?

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.

Where are the Manchurians in 'The Manchurian Candidate'?

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.

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?

Joaquin Phoenix faces more dark forces in 'The Village'

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

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."

Sound Bites: Music Reviews
Selected Associated Press audio reviews:

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.

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

Sound Bites: Music Reviews

Entertainment review: A striking 'Nose' at Bard

Dramatic points shakeup has contenders excited about title shot
LONG POND, Pa. -- Mark Martin feels a lot better now than he did seven weeks ago about having a shot at the Nextel Cup title.

Johnson inches closer to the final chase

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.

Dramatic points shakeup has contenders excited about title shot

Scheckter crew member injured at Michigan Indy

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

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

Pain, car force Earnhardt out

Magic sign Stacey Augmon
ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Orlando Magic signed free agent forward Stacey Augmon on Monday.

Brown breaks bone in foot
WASHINGTON -- Washington Wizards forward Kwame Brown broke a bone in his right foot during a pickup game in Georgia last week and will have surgery Tuesday.

Magic sign Stacey Augmon

Kobe vs. Shaq set for Dec. 25
NEW YORK -- The NBA is giving Kobe, Shaq and the fans quite a present.

Brown breaks bone in foot

Texans sign center to replace ailing McKinney

Bills OT Williams excused from practice

Atlanta offense shines in goal-line work

Overstreet suffers another shoulder injury

Cardinals sign top pick Fitzgerald

Giants waive two RBs, sign two RBs

Alstott takes first hit since neck surgery

Duce's wild? Bettis not worried about being aced out of Steelers backfield

Keyshawn working back into football form

Ex-wrestler is put to the test

Battling for No. 1, Dolphins' QBs trying to look good

Sirmon twists knee; MRI likely as precaution

Garcia getting fresh start with Browns

Falcons-Hall's Holdout

Muhammad back with Panthers for ninth season

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Athens organizing chief says ticket sales pick up as Greeks prepare for Olympics
ATHENS, Greece -- Ticket sales are up. Delays are down. With less than two weeks until the opening ceremonies, it looks like Athens is finally ready for the Olympic Games.

Israelis to get additional Olympic Village security

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.

Harrison ineligible for Athens Games, U.S. could forfeit more medals
ATHENS, Greece -- Calvin Harrison has been suspended for two years for a second doping violation, knocking the sprinter off the U.S. team for the Athens Olympics and likely forcing the United States to forfeit a relay gold medal from last year's world championships.

Israelis to get additional Olympic Village security
ATHENS, Greece -- Israeli athletes have been given an additional layer of security at the Olympic Village, including a fence placed around the team's residential compound.

Suit improvements take swimmers to new heights

"Live Strong" wristbands a hit among politicians, movie stars

Clijsters withdraws from Pilot Pen with wrist injury

Kentucky Derby, Preakness champ Smarty Jones retired

'The Donald' helps promote Tennis Welcome Centers

'The Donald' helps promote Tennis Welcome Centers
NEW YORK -- He's hired! Donald Trump is helping the U.S. Tennis Association promote participation in the sport.

Kentucky Derby, Preakness champ Smarty Jones retired
The constant pounding Smarty Jones put on his hoofs in a brilliant racing career that brought him within one length of the Triple Crown, forced his retirement from the sport on Monday.

"Live Strong" wristbands a hit among politicians, movie stars
AUSTIN -- John Kerry wears one. President Bush has one, too. So do several movie stars.

Clijsters withdraws from Pilot Pen with wrist injury
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Kim Clijsters withdrew from the Pilot Pen tournament Monday with a wrist injury that has kept her off the court since May.

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.

Duce's wild? Bettis not worried about being aced out of Steelers backfield
LATROBE, Pa. -- Jerome Bettis is the No. 6 rusher in NFL history, even though he is no longer guaranteed 1,000 yards every season merely by stepping into the huddle. He effectively acknowledged that by accepting a $3.4 million pay cut from the Pittsburgh Steelers last spring.

Battling for No. 1, Dolphins' QBs trying to look good
DAVIE, Fla. -- There's a playbook to learn, a void to fill and a job to win, which leaves A.J. Feeley no time to shave.

Texans sign center to replace ailing McKinney
HOUSTON -- The Houston Texans signed center Dennis O'Sullivan on Monday to fill the practice void left by Steve McKinney's absence with a strained hamstring.

Sirmon twists knee; MRI likely as precaution
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee linebacker Peter Sirmon twisted his left knee Monday during the Titans' first training camp session in full pads, and coach Jeff Fisher said he would have an MRI as a precaution.

Browns add Paul Warfield as scout, consultant
BEREA, Ohio -- Hall of Fame wide receiver Paul Warfield has caught on again with the Cleveland Browns.

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.

Cardinals sign top pick Fitzgerald
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- Being third was no handicap to Larry Fitzgerald.

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.

Keyshawn working back into football form
OXNARD, Calif. -- Keyshawn Johnson proudly proclaims that he made $3.5 million while deactivated by Tampa Bay for the final six games last season. Now he's paying for that time off the field.

Giants waive two RBs, sign two RBs
ALBANY, N.Y. -- The New York Giants waived free agent running backs Antwoine Womack and Jermaine Jones with injuries and signed running backs Derrick Knight and Chris Douglas on Monday.

Bills OT Williams excused from practice
PITTSFORD, N.Y. -- Offensive tackle Mike Williams was excused from the second of two Buffalo Bills' practice sessions on Monday for what the team referred to as personal reasons.

Ex-wrestler is put to the test
MANKATO, Minn. - The money, glamour and perks provided by Brock Lesnar's lifestyle as a professional wrestler just weren't bringing him happiness, so he decided to leave.

Alstott takes first hit since neck surgery
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- For Mike Alstott, putting on the pads and taking the first hit was the easy part.

Garcia getting fresh start with Browns
BEREA, Ohio -- The question came from the back as a group of Browns fans pressed forward to meet quarterback Jeff Garcia and get his autograph.

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

Falcons-Hall's Holdout
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Contract talks between Atlanta Falcons rookie DeAngelo Hall and general manager Rich McKay continued Monday night as the two sides tried to agree on how much money the cornerback is guaranteed.

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.

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.

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.

New Pakistani television channels pushing new political, social boundaries

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.

ABC's lineup this fall looks hard to beat
The question posed to Marc Cherry was brusque and unsubtle, but it was what almost everyone in the room was thinking.

Al Franken's radio talk show to be re-aired on cable TV
NEW YORK -- Satirist-commentator Al Franken will return to his TV roots next month when his radio show begins appearing on cable's Sundance Channel.

ABC's lineup this fall looks hard to beat

Elayne Boosler thinks retro with 'Balderdash' game show

Al Franken's radio talk show to be re-aired on cable TV

Did news networks cover the convention or provide a filter?

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.

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week

Former chess champion Bobby Fischer files second appeal

People in the News

People in the News

Cole Porter biopics like night and day

New home-video releases

Richt pumps up fans at rally

Richt pumps up fans at rally
ATLANTA - Mark Richt has shifted most of his booster club appearances from the summer to the spring so he can concentrate on football as the season approaches.

Audio best

Teenagers get lessons in dances, etiquette

Each new year brings risks, rewards
Everywhere you look, you're constantly reminded that school is near.

Teenagers get lessons in dances, etiquette
Dontrae Postell, 14, knows his way around the basketball court, and by the end of the week he also will know his way around a ballroom.

Audio best
Weekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear in next week's issue of Billboard magazine

Girl is wrong about sex role in relationship

Xtreme calendar

Despite tales, being a freshman isn't so bad
Before the first bell of the school year rings, Rushunda Ware, 13, is preparing for the worst.

My style

Xtreme question
What are you most looking forward to once classes start?

Xtreme calendar
ON DVD and VHS: Jennifer Garner stars in 13 Going on 30 as a teen so unhappy with her life she can't wait to grow up, until she does and finds it hard to cope in the adult world with an adolescent brain; and Viggo Mortensen is a U.S. cavalryman who leaves the Army to race a horse across the desert in Hidalgo.

Despite tales, being a freshman isn't so bad

Girl is wrong about sex role in relationship
THIS WEEK'S QUESTION: Me and my best friend are on the verge of having a relationship, but unfortunately she says the only way we can be together is that I perform oral sex on her. What should I do?

My style
THE FACTS: James McNeal, 15, a rising sophomore at Lucy C. Laney High School.

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

Odds and Ends

Woman charged with shooting at lobster divers

Vatican fears radical movements blurring differences between men and women