Chicken pox delays Christian Slater debut in 'Cuckoo's Nest'
EDINBURGH, Scotland -- The show must go on, but not if the star - in this case Christian Slater - has chicken pox.

Chicken pox delays Christian Slater debut in 'Cuckoo's Nest'

Cincinnati museum honors slaves' path to freedom

Cincinnati museum honors slaves' path to freedom
CINCINNATI -- The modern, curved design of the stone and copper building on the "freedom side" of the Ohio River sits in stark contrast to a rough-hewn structure inside - a small pen built by a slave trader in 1833.

Mariners place Guardado on DL

Yankees sign Olerud
NEW YORK -- Recently released John Olerud signed with the New York Yankees on Tuesday, giving the team insurance at first base while Jason Giambi is treated for a benign tumor.

Clemens ejected from youth baseball game

Reds activate Griffey from DL

Reds activate Griffey from DL
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Cincinnati Reds activated Ken Griffey Jr. from the 15-day disabled list before Tuesday night's game against the San Francisco Giants.

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

Yankees sign Olerud

No fuss, no muss and still no 300 for Maddux

Cleveland falls short in Toronto

Tigers earn respect with turnaround

N. Augusta title hopes lost

AL Capsules

Still undefeated: Aiken rolls again
AIKEN-After Josh Boerstler retired the first Decatur American (Ala.) batter of the seventh inning, the boisterous hometown crowd cheered.

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.

Indians and Expos swap left-handers
TORONTO -- The Cleveland Indians traded minor league left-hander Jeriome Robertson to the Montreal Expos on Tuesday for minor league left-hander Pierre-Luc Marceau.

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

Still undefeated: Aiken rolls again

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.

Indians and Expos swap left-handers

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.

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
Roger Clemens got tossed for a spitter.

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.

Sniffer dog dies of suspected drug overdose
LONDON -- A police sniffer dog died of a suspected overdose after a drug search.

Odds and Ends
HONG KONG -- A teenager found out the hard way that the fish were biting, indeed.

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.

Atlanta is impressed by pitchers

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.

Astros have enough to stop Braves

Braves hope new strategy boosts game attendance

Astros have enough to stop Braves
HOUSTON - Roger Clemens still has never beaten the Atlanta Braves in the regular season in his Hall of Fame career.

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.

Thomas comes up big during Braves playoff run

Atlanta is impressed by pitchers
HOUSTON - John Smoltz has seen some spectacular streaks by the Braves' pitching staff in his 16 seasons in Atlanta. But nothing compares to the what the staff did collectively in July.

Study concludes Calif. taxpayers subsidize Wal-Mart workers
SAN FRANCISCO -- Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'s employee wages and benefits policies cost California taxpayers $86 million annually to provide health care and other public assistance to the retailer's underpaid workers, according to a new study.

Fidelity Brokerage fined for alleged document destruction
WASHINGTON -- Fidelity Brokerage Services agreed Tuesday to pay $2 million in fines to settle allegations by federal regulators and the New York Stock Exchange that employees in nearly two dozen of its branch offices altered and destroyed documents prior to annual inspections.

Forbes.com put ad links in news stories

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.

Yukos faces additional tax audits for 2001
MOSCOW -- Russian authorities are taking a second look at Yukos' 2001 tax payments, a senior Russian tax official said Tuesday in remarks that suggested the nation's biggest oil company could face a bigger bill than initially announced.

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.

Pfizer gets help on incentives
In a move to save jobs and keep the Augusta Pfizer plant running, city economic developers are planning to help woo potential buyers.

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.

P&G to expand sales of specialty coffees
CINCINNATI -- Procter & Gamble Co. will expand sales of its more expensive coffees from online and telephone orders to supermarkets, the company announced Tuesday.

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.

Sandwich chain franchiser files for bankruptcy
AUSTIN, Texas -- Schlotzsky's Inc., a delicatessen franchiser with more than 500 outlets in 36 states and six countries, filed on Tuesday for protection from its creditors under Chapter 11 of the federal bankruptcy laws.

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.

Terror warnings on financial targets spread anxiety
NEW YORK -- Under the steady gaze of police officers with body armor and automatic weapons, workers were confronted with ID checks and bag searches following the most specific domestic terrorism warnings since the 2001 attacks, which have sent ripples of anxiety as far away as the West Coast.

Aetna launches specialty pharmacy business

New job cuts hit Augusta center
AT&T plans to downsize its directory assistance call center in Augusta in the coming months.

BellSouth offers phone-repair tips

Terror warnings on financial targets spread anxiety

Buildings targeted in purported plot open for business, warily

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.

Cox proposes cable provider privatization

Wachovia discloses likely SEC action
WASHINGTON -- Wachovia Corp. disclosed Tuesday that federal regulators are poised to take action against the banking giant and several executives regarding stock purchases and financial reports related to its 2001 merger with First Union Corp.

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

Forbes.com put ad links in news stories
NEW YORK -- Forbes magazine has begun what it calls an "experiment" in the way it displays advertising on its Web site by embedding links to advertisers within news stories on Forbes.com.

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.

Oil markets remain tense over terror, supply concerns
NEW YORK -- Oil markets remained jittery Tuesday amid conflicting signals about OPEC's production capacity, the possibility of a supply disruption in Russia and terrorism concerns in the United States.

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.

Consumer spending plunged in June
WASHINGTON -- Hit with high energy prices, consumers in June slashed their spending by the largest amount in three years.

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.

Zippo fired up over cheap knockoffs from China
BRADFORD, Pa. -- They are as American as apple pie, as distinct as a Harley-Davidson and as original as Elvis. But increasingly, cheap knockoffs of the Zippo lighter are being made in Chinese factories that can rival the output of the Pennsylvania company itself.

Yukos faces additional tax audits for 2001

Manufacturing activity increases again in July

Pfizer gets help on incentives

Business briefs
The Development Authority of Richmond County on Tuesday gave final approval to $20 million in revenue bonds for Augusta State University dormitories.

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.

Wachovia discloses likely SEC action

Airlines rescind fare increases

Study concludes Calif. taxpayers subsidize Wal-Mart workers

Manufacturing activity increases again in July

Zippo fired up over cheap knockoffs from China

Oil markets remain tense over terror, supply concerns

Fidelity Brokerage fined for alleged document destruction

New job cuts hit Augusta center

Hokies' Vick suspended for upcoming season
NEW KENT, Va. -- Virginia Tech quarterback Marcus Vick pleaded guilty Tuesday to reckless driving and no contest to marijuana possession, shortly after he was suspended from the university for the 2004 season.

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.

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
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.

Roach out for start of fall practice

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.

Roach out for start of fall practice
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama linebacker Freddie Roach had arthroscopic knee surgery and will miss at least the first week of fall practice, coach Mike Shula said Tuesday.

Hokies' Vick suspended for upcoming season

Two Illini returning starters arrested after bar fight

Judge dismisses Smith lawsuit because of jurisdiction

Illness afflicts former coach

Arkansas coaches relax one last time before challenging season

Youth's skill snatches him shot at 'Pebble'

Roads to prosperity

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.

Harlem's great catch

More judicial tyranny
Attorneys-general from eight states and New York City are making a move to set national energy policy. Under the pretense of curbing global warming, they have filed a lawsuit against five of the nation's largest electric utilities, including Southern Co. in Atlanta, which runs Georgia Power Co. and the Savannah Electric and Power Co.

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.

Toothless tiger
Perhaps an intelligence czar with Cabinet rank and an office in the White House, as recommended by the bipartisan 9-11 Commission, is a good idea. Yet that's not what President George W. Bush endorsed Monday.

People in the News
NEW YORK -- Going behind the music isn't enough when it comes to Michael Jackson - an entire film is needed.

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."

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.

Tom Cruise says he is ready to fall in love again
LONDON -- Despite some disappointments, Tom Cruise isn't giving up on love and marriage.

Jamie Foxx remakes himself as show-biz superman
LOS ANGELES -- Jamie Foxx is a hero, an idol, an inspiration to a guy like Eric Bishop.

The Top Five
Here are the top five TV shows, movies, music, concerts and video sales.

New home-video releases
Selected home-video releases:

Solange Knowles has star-studded baby shower
HOUSTON -- Dancing, singing and a new set of strollers capped a star-studded baby shower for Solange Knowles, little sister of Beyonce.

Getting in on Google: You need a broker who's also an underwriter
NEW YORK -- I want in. And for once, it looks like I might actually get in.

Tokyo stocks end modestly lower

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.

RJ Reynolds reports second-quarter earnings more than doubled

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.

Conquering personal investing demons

Qwest's loss widens on range of charges

Cox Enterprise to acquire Cox Communications

P&G fourth-quarter earnings up 44 percent

Entergy trying to sell energy trading business

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.

Tokyo stocks end lower on U.S. terror warning

Tokyo stocks end modestly lower
TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks slipped Tuesday while the U.S. dollar edged lower against the Japanese yen.

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.

Getting in on Google: You need a broker who's also an underwriter

Market lower on economic worries, higher oil prices
NEW YORK -- Another surge in oil prices and a sharp drop in consumer spending rattled investors Tuesday, sending stocks lower and hitting the technology sector particularly hard.

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.

Higher sales and margins, lower costs boost Tyco net 63 percent
TRENTON, N.J. -- Two years into a massive structural and image makeover, once-disgraced conglomerate Tyco International Ltd. posted a 63 percent jump in third-quarter profit, marketing its third straight quarter with net income up more than 20 percent.

Japanese automaker Toyota reports surge in profits

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.

Higher sales and margins, lower costs boost Tyco net 63 percent

Ford sales off again in July, hurt by sluggish car demand
DETROIT -- Ford Motor Co. said its overall vehicle sales came in below year-ago results in July for the fifth month this year, hurt by weak car sales.

Martha Stewart Living posts a wider-than-expected loss

Martha Stewart Living posts a wider-than-expected loss
NEW YORK -- Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc. - still reeling from the personal legal woes of its founder and former chairwoman, who was sentenced to prison last month - posted a wider loss than Wall Street expected in the second quarter, as it continues to struggles with a fallout in advertising. It also warned of bigger-than-expected losses in the third quarter.

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.

Japanese automaker Toyota reports surge in profits
TOKYO -- Toyota Motor Corp. reported Tuesday a nearly 29 percent rise in profit for the latest quarter on strong sales in North America and Europe, prompting Japan's top automaker to lift its vehicle sales forecast for the full fiscal year.

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.

Qwest's loss widens on range of charges
DENVER - Qwest Communications International Inc. said Tuesday its second-quarter loss widened from year-ago levels, mostly due to an array of charges totaling $487 million.

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

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

Midwest Beef to appear on U.S. Olympic athlete's training table
OMAHA, Neb. -- A local meatpacking company is hoping its deal to supply the Olympics with U.S. beef will open European markets to Midwest beef producers.

Midwest Beef to appear on U.S. Olympic athlete's training table

Wine talk
THE WINE: 2003 Bonny Doon Malvasia $13, from California

Easy pasta gets Eastern zing with Thai-influenced original
Pasta is always popular, and in the steamy days of summer its ease of preparation and affinity for light, spicy flavoring make it specially welcome to both cooks and diners.

Fruit topping gives chops all new taste
Pork has long been recognized as a happy partner for fruity relishes and other accompaniments, and the variations on this theme are endless.

Wine talk

Putting decided Bridges winner

Charm causes fans to overlook Daly's errors

Signs point to school's title

Signs point to school's title
As Brad Fields drove into South Carolina, his eyes gazed upon a sign off Interstate 95 noting Clemson's 2003 Division I golf national championship. Then the idea hit him.

Boston tournament tries to tweak course

Daly has Ryder Cup in mind

Ryder Cup captain Sutton changes view of course

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.

Ryder Cup captain Sutton changes view of course
LOS ANGELES - Ben Hogan called Oakland Hills "this Monster" when he shot 67 in the final round of the 1951 U.S. Open.

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

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.

Putting decided Bridges winner
RANCHO SANTA FE, Calif. - The Battle at the Bridges was supposed to be about power. Typical of any golf tournament, it came down to putting.

Islanders re-sign Parrish

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

Flyers' Gagne, Radivojevic accept qualifying offers

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

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

Panthers re-sign two left wings

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.

Arbitrator awards Bruins' Gonchar raise to $5.5 million

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.

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

Wilson gets new contract from Sharks

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.

Arbitrator awards Bruins' Gonchar raise to $5.5 million
BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins will pay defenseman Sergei Gonchar $5.5 million next season - a 51 percent raise that was ordered by an arbitrator and accepted by the team on Tuesday.

Hurricane Alex grazes Outer Banks
BUXTON, N.C. -- A stronger-than-expected Hurricane Alex brushed North Carolina's coast Tuesday, cutting power to thousands and flooding Hatteras Island's only link to the mainland but sparing the area a direct hit.

Beaches fare well as storm moves on
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Although Tropical Storm Alex spun at sea for almost a day off the South Carolina coast, sending in swells that delighted surfers, the state's beaches remained in good shape.

No brain freeze with this frozen dessert
Although the supermarket freezer section abounds with frozen desserts, coming up with something a bit more special at home doesn't take much effort.

No brain freeze with this frozen dessert

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.

Man found dead after house fire identified
An early-morning fire caused the death of a Summerville cottage resident this morning.

Our airport is an embarrassment
Recently I flew out from the Augusta Regional Airport, and I must say that this airport is a sad commentary for the flying public. It was disappointing for me to fly out of an airport that was void of any aesthetic decor. E. Maner Augusta

Toughen stance on terrorism
Accolades to the Sept. 11 commission for their objective and nonpartisan report. Shame on those politicians who intend to use the tragedies of Sept. 11 for personal or political party gains. Dante Antonacci Augusta

School dress codes are necessary

Make voting times more convenient

Carter stepped beyond the pale
I watched Jimmy Carter's speech at the Democratic convention. The nerve of politicians is appalling. How could anyone as inept as Carter criticize any sitting president for anything? Melvin Edwards Crawfordville

Bush nightmare will leave scars

Kerry was a wartime detriment

Good attendance deserves a reward

First, absences; now, truant officers

Toughen stance on terrorism

Bush has hurt our nation deeply
Although I am a Republican, I believe the damage that has been done to this country by President George W. Bush is unforgivable. A.H. Pitchford Evans

Director clarifies issues on DFCS

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

Carter stepped beyond the pale

Parking story needs amplification
A story in The Augusta Chronicle on July 13 ("Campus loses parking spots") reported that the University of Georgia has about 3,000 fewer parking spaces than in 1997. George Stafford Athens

Patriotism isn't always pro-Bush
Your editorial assault on President Carter ("Carter's self-loathing," July 28), characterizing him as "unpatriotic" and "disloyal," reveals nothing so much as the intellectual and moral disorientation of the Republican Party. Jay Connail Augusta

Edwards splits on tax breaks

Patriotism isn't always pro-Bush

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

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.

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

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.

Writer's tack is typically liberal
Regarding Paul Cook's July 11 letter (" 'Chronicle' buried Edwards news; paper's mindset will not change"), he again follows the Democrat liberal's practice of attacking the messenger rather than providing a rational response to the message. Don Christian Hephzibah

Edwards splits on tax breaks
In the July 13 issue of The Wall Street Journal, Sen. John Edwards was featured in the lead editorial. The title was "Liberal loopholes," along with the phrase "John Edwards has a Medicare tax dodge for you." It discussed the fortune he made as a successful trial attorney. Dudley Baird Sr. Augusta

Kerry was a wartime detriment
On July 29, I watched John Kerry's big deception speech on television. He stated that he was reporting for duty. Thirty years ago he reported for duty in Vietnam and transferred out after four months. The rest of us, with the exception of those who were seriously wounded or killed, had to do 12 months. Carl R. Morrison Louisville

Director clarifies issues on DFCS
I would like to respond to issues reported in a July 28 Augusta Chronicle article regarding the Richmond County Department of Family and Children Services. Dr. Janet Oliva Atlanta

Statue of Liberty reopens for the first time since 9/11

X Games at 10: Gnarly stunts from an older crowd

After first year flop, FluMist maker retools strategy

Health and fitness calendar

Serena and Venus Williams court the fashion world

Seniors calendar

NASA launches spacecraft named Messenger to Mercury

Fruits and veggies are the new frontier of foodborne sickness

Doom 3 game provides technological leap

Spacewalking astronauts install equipment

X Games at 10: Gnarly stunts from an older crowd
LOS ANGELES -- They are ancient by their sports' standards, flipping and swooping and surviving bone-crunching falls in a world that worships the young.

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.

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.

NASA launches spacecraft named Messenger to Mercury
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- A spacecraft named Messenger rocketed away Tuesday on a 5 billion-mile journey to Mercury, the closest planet to the sun and a stranger to camera close-ups for the past three decades.

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

Spacewalking astronauts install equipment
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- A pair of spacewalking astronauts left the safe confines of the international space station Tuesday and installed equipment for a new line of cargo ships coming off the assembly line next year.

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.

Officials recommend requiring black boxes for passenger vehicles
WASHINGTON -- The National Transportation Safety Board on Tuesday recommended for the first time that the federal government require passenger vehicles to be equipped with black boxes that record speed, seat belt use, braking and other factors.

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?

Doom 3 game provides technological leap
MESQUITE, Texas -- Marty Stratton has already blasted dozens of flame-tossing imps, flying skulls and other nightmarish demons from another dimension. But more keep spawning in flashes of yellow light.

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.

Serena and Venus Williams court the fashion world
NEW YORK -- All eyes are on the Williams sisters - and that won't change whether or not they win medals at the Olympic Games or their WTA Tour rankings go up or down.

Yahoo unveils new local search engine
SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- Internet giant Yahoo Inc. is unveiling a new search site that promises to provide a more precise guide to neighborhood businesses, making the latest in a series of attempts to improve the World Wide Web's focus on local information.

Statue of Liberty reopens for the first time since 9/11
NEW YORK -- With military music and Interior Secretary Gale Norton on hand to officially open the doors, the Statue of Liberty welcomed back huddled masses of tourists Tuesday for the first time since it was shut down after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Proposed summit would try to boost city economy
Augusta commissioners voted Tuesday to hold an economic development summit of all agencies that recruit business and industry to the area to hear their game plan for improving the city's economy.

Graham urges progress on MOX plant

MCG president will get raise
While it was fixing the pay of its presidents, the board that oversees Georgia's public universities decided to fix up the pay of Medical College of Georgia President Daniel W. Rahn by $180,000.

Court accepts gay mother's custody appeal

Alex strengthens, begins moving again off coast

Around town

Leader wants atomic force

Property owners can avoid late fee

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.

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.

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.

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

UGA donations climb; athletics lose support
ATHENS, Ga. - Private donations to the University of Georgia climbed by 8 percent in the fiscal year that ended June 30, ballooning to nearly $78 million from $72.05 million - the fourth consecutive record-setting amount.

Across the area

Damaged cobblestone alley must be repaved

Deputies catch 2 escaped convicts

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Schools track fire safety data
When the fire alarm sounds at Westminster Day School each month, it's as loud as a rock concert.

Proposed summit would try to boost city economy

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.

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

Schools track fire safety data

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.

Options to cover children not used

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.

Man found dead after house fire identified

SRS still struggles for funds
AIKEN - Behind the hoopla of Aiken County's new hydrogen research center and the sweeping vision of the future for the Savannah River Site is this cold, fiscal question:

Investigators dig to discover fires' roots

Officials make do in wake of virus

Rants and raves
I JUST READ in the paper that $31.5 million of taxpayers' money was spent on the funeral for Ronald Reagan. I'm sorry. He was our president, but I do not think that in these times when we have schools deteriorating and a lot of other things that money could have been spent on that we should have been responsible for that much money being spent on his funeral.

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Ground is broken for hydrogen technology

Oaths of office

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Kid of the day

Damaged cobblestone alley must be repaved
Augusta commissioners voted Tuesday to demand that the developers of a parking lot on Reynolds Street repave a cobblestone alley and remove a gate blocking what city officials say is a public thoroughfare.

Hello pencils, hello books

Options to cover children not used
There are more than 300,000 uninsured children in Georgia even though many of them likely qualify for government health programs, according to a national analysis released Tuesday. About half have not had a checkup within the past year, and that could have dire consequences down the road, particularly with diseases such as asthma, said an official with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which released the report.

Complaints go to authorities

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

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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.

Complaints go to authorities
AIKEN - The Aiken County School Board has notified law enforcement authorities and the South Carolina Department of Education about allegations of mismanagement and fraud lodged by former teachers against the administrator of Midland Valley Preparatory School.

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.

Property owners can avoid late fee
Columbia County residents who haven't paid a stormwater utility fee will still have to fork out money for their bill. But because of the Columbia County Commission's vote Tuesday night, those residents won't be charged a late fee as long as they pay up in the next 60 days.

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.

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Teens suspected in 2 slayings are captured

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.

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COLUMBIA - The body of a Lexington man washed ashore Monday in Ballentine on Lake Murray.

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.

Across the area
ATLANTA - A committee of the state Board of Regents approved without discussion renovations to some labs in the Carl T. Sanders Research and Education Building at the Medical College of Georgia.

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.

Court accepts gay mother's custody appeal
The Georgia Court of Appeals has accepted an appeal from a gay mother whose children were taken away from her by a Richmond County juvenile court judge.

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

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Alexis Leigh Johnson, 6, of Evans.

College plans center expansion
ATLANTA - Georgia Southern University told the state Board of Regents about the completion of one project and a proposal for a new one during a meeting of the board's Real Estate and Facilities Committee on Tuesday.

Rants and raves
I JUST READ in the paper that $31.5 million of taxpayers' money was spent on the funeral for Ronald Reagan. I'm sorry. He was our president, but I do not think that in these times when we have schools deteriorating and a lot of other things that money could have been spent on that we should have been responsible for that much money being spent on his funeral.

Abbeville standoff trial to seek death
COLUMBIA - Prosecutors will seek the death penalty against one of the people involved in a standoff last year in an Abbeville home that started with the killing of two law enforcement officers.

Downs fails to fire his lawyers
A man charged with the sexual assault and murder of a young boy tried to fire his court-appointed attorneys Tuesday, but a Superior Court judge denied his request.

Oaths of office
Above, District 3 Commissioner Barbara Sims is sworn in for a new term, accompanied by son Fred Sims Jr. and grandson Franklin Sims. At left, District 1 Commissioner Betty Beard takes the oath as Judge Duncan Wheale (center) presides and her campaign manager Cedric Johnson holds the Bible.

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SRS still struggles for funds

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Evidence links new suspect to woman's death

Groups meet to help homeless

UGA overflow leads to makeshift dorms

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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.

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

Charter school chief faces ex-employees' accusations

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

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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.

MCG president will get raise

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.

Few troops get disability pay they requested

Slaying trial jury focuses on motive
A jury will be asked to decide this week whether an Augusta man killed a longtime friend with malice or in self-defense.

Historic home's paint annoys its neighbors

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RIVERDALE - Two teenage girls wanted in the stabbing deaths of one of the girl's grandparents were captured by police along the Georgia coast Tuesday.

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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.

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COLUMBIA - The body of a Lexington man washed ashore Monday in Ballentine on Lake Murray.

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

Across the area
ATLANTA - A committee of the state Board of Regents approved without discussion renovations to some labs in the Carl T. Sanders Research and Education Building at the Medical College of Georgia.

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.

Mosquitoes do play favorites
CHARLESTON, S.C. - It turns out that what you long thought to be true is true: Mosquitoes prefer biting some people more than others.

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.

Investigators dig to discover fires' roots
LANGLEY - Picking through blackened debris with work gloves, the sunlight shining through shattered windows as their only source of illumination, Lt. Chris Scott and Investigator Jon Hixon are in their element.

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AUG. 4, 1962 A safety hat and a pile of soft earth enabled a construction worker to escape practically unhurt after a three-story fall Friday.David E. Waters, 21, of Beech Island, was working on Augusta's new Procter & Gamble plant when he took the 30-foot fall.

Around town
Bob Hand, of Augusta, enjoys his daily canoe trip down the Savannah River. He launched his 17-foot, 41- pound kevlar canoe from the North Augusta boat ramp Tuesday.

Officials make do in wake of virus
Di Hamilton's office had to resort to handwritten receipts for tax payments. Debbie Robertson's staff couldn't retrieve certain property documents without a parcel number.

Hello pencils, hello books
Janette Reynolds was apprehensive as she dropped her 5-year-old son Liam off for his first day of kindergarten at Riverside Elementary School on Tuesday morning.

Team brings Aiken together
AIKEN - Kathy Hazen stands out in a crowd - which is saying something these days at Citizens Park.

IRL adds two road courses for 2005 season

Dramatic points shakeup has contenders excited about title shot

IRL adds two road courses for 2005 season
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indy Racing League will break from its all-oval roots next year with its first road-course events since the open-wheel series started in 1996.

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.

Hawks to get Walker from Dallas in four-player deal

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.

Hornets sign veteran forward Rodney Rogers
NEW ORLEANS -- The New Orleans Hornets signed Rodney Rogers to a one-year contract on Tuesday, addressing the possibility that Jamal Mashburn may be hobbled by a knee injury next season.

Hawks to get Walker from Dallas in four-player deal
ATLANTA -- All-Star forward Antoine Walker is headed to the Atlanta Hawks in a four-player deal with the Dallas Mavericks, according to media reports Tuesday.

Prosecutors say newly released details on Bryant's accuser in sex assault case 'one-sided'
DENVER -- Prosecutors in the sex assault case against Kobe Bryant called newly released details addressing his accuser's sex life "one-sided" Tuesday, saying they should not be used to judge the merits of the case against the NBA star.

Knicks sign second-round pick Ariza
NEW YORK -- The New York Knicks signed second-round pick Trevor Ariza on Tuesday.

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.

Brown breaks bone in foot

Prosecutors say newly released details on Bryant's accuser in sex assault case 'one-sided'

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

Knicks sign second-round pick Ariza

Titans LB Sirmon out for season with torn knee ligaments

Camp Lovie: Pulled hamstrings galore

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

Texans sign center to replace ailing McKinney

Top ground-gainer looks for better things in 2004

Cardinals sign top pick Fitzgerald

Keyshawn working back into football form

Falcons-Hall's Holdout

Bills OT Williams excused from practice

Sirmon twists knee; MRI likely as precaution

Hall reports in time for his first practice with Falcons

Ex-wrestler is put to the test

Defensive tackle would have rather played and learned last year

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

Dolphins' McMichael, wife, won't be charged in domestic fight

Giants waive two RBs, sign two RBs

Garcia getting fresh start with Browns

Alstott takes first hit since neck surgery

Vick misses morning practice, returns in evening

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BBC investigation targets agents in bid process
LONDON -- Four middlemen claim in meetings secretly taped by a BBC TV program that they could secure IOC members' votes in bidding for the 2012 Olympics.

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.

Israelis to get additional Olympic Village security

Serbia-Montenegro defeats Lithuania for title in Olympic tuneup
BELGRADE, Serbia-Montenegro -- Igor Rakocevic and Milos Vujanic combined for 31 points for Serbia-Montenegro in a surprisingly easy 93-80 victory over 2003 European champion Lithuania on Tuesday night.

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.

Italy hands the United States an embarrassing defeat
COLOGNE, Germany -- The U.S. men's Olympic team did more than merely lose. It was embarrassed and exposed in its most lopsided defeat since adding NBA players in 1992.

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.

'The Donald' helps promote Tennis Welcome Centers

Overtime

Kentucky Derby, Preakness champ Smarty Jones retired

Clijsters withdraws from Pilot Pen with wrist injury

Pope builds department to spread faith through sports

"Live Strong" wristbands a hit among politicians, 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.

Pope builds department to spread faith through sports
VATICAN CITY - He made saves as a soccer goalkeeper during high school in Poland, skied and kayaked in Europe and swam laps in the papal pool. Now Pope John Paul II has set up a sports department to give the Vatican a kind of new playing field in its drive to spread Christian values around the world.

Generations clash at 10th X Games
LOS ANGELES - They are ancient by their sports' standards, flipping and swooping and surviving bone-crunching falls in a world that worships the young.

'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.

Overtime
In Lakewood, N.J., Mickey Hall collected all four of the Augusta GreenJackets' runs in a 4-1 victory over the Lakewood BlueClaws on Tuesday night.

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.

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.

Hall reports in time for his first practice with Falcons
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- DeAngelo Hall tried to cram in nearly a week of football in one day, then headed off for his first practice.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Vick misses morning practice, returns in evening
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Michael Vick returned to practice Tuesday night after missing the previous two with a blister on his left thumb.

Top ground-gainer looks for better things in 2004
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- Emmitt Smith chuckles when asked if the competitive fire still burns.

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.

Defensive tackle would have rather played and learned last year
MACOMB, Ill. -- Jimmy Kennedy would have rather learned on the job at defensive tackle his rookie season with the St. Louis Rams, the way he did throughout his college career.

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.

Dolphins' McMichael, wife, won't be charged in domestic fight
MIAMI -- Prosecutors have decided not to file charges against Miami Dolphins tight end Randy McMichael, who was arrested and accused of hitting his wife in late June.

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.

Titans LB Sirmon out for season with torn knee ligaments
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee Titans linebacker Peter Sirmon probably will miss the season with torn ligaments in his left knee.

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.

Camp Lovie: Pulled hamstrings galore
BOURBONNAIS, Ill. -- In the opening week of Lovie Smith's first training camp as head coach, it seems the Chicago Bears are pulling muscles faster than they are running plays.

Texans' Glenn see rules crackdown as opportunity
HOUSTON -- Aaron Glenn could have taken it personally when the NFL announced this offseason it would crack down on cornerbacks making contact with receivers.

Team brings Aiken together

Convention given short shrift on broadcast networks
NEW YORK -- NEW YORK -- Last week's message to the world from John Kerry: "Reporting for duty!"

Convention given short shrift on broadcast networks

ABC's lineup this fall looks hard to beat

Thousands wait in line before first 'American Idol' auditions

CBS dominates last week's ratings race, Nielsen says

Thousands wait in line before first 'American Idol' auditions
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- In the line wrapped around Cleveland Browns Stadium on Tuesday, there were thousands of pop star dreams.

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

CBS dominates last week's ratings race, Nielsen says
NEW YORK -- In a week disrupted by nine hours of prime-time coverage of the Democratic National Convention, CBS emerged as the clear ratings winner. But the conventions didn't make much of a showing.

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.

Former chess champion Bobby Fischer files second appeal

New home-video releases

Tom Cruise says he is ready to fall in love again

People in the News

Jamie Foxx remakes himself as show-biz superman

People in the News

Solange Knowles has star-studded baby shower

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.

Richt pumps up fans at rally

Youth's skill snatches him shot at 'Pebble'
It can sometimes take months to get a starting time at Pebble Beach Golf Links, then golfers have to pay a $395 green fee to play the famed public course on the Monterey (Calif.) Peninsula.

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

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.

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

Xtreme calendar

My style

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

Despite tales, being a freshman isn't so bad

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Teenagers get lessons in dances, etiquette

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.

Girl is wrong about sex role in relationship

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.

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
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?

Odds and Ends

Odds and Ends

Sniffer dog dies of suspected drug overdose