Galleries
Here's a list of gallery showings and events in the Aiken-Augusta area.

Legendary photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson dies
PARIS -- Legendary French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson, who traveled the world for more than a half century capturing human drama with his camera, has died at age 95.

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

Galleries

Matthew Broderick to star in revival of 'The Foreigner'
NEW YORK -- How do you follow a starring role on Broadway in "The Producers"?

Legendary photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson dies

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.

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.

Twins double up on Angels squad
MINNEAPOLIS - Justin Morneau homered for the second straight night, a drive on the first pitch of the sixth inning that sparked the Minnesota Twins to a 6-3 victory over the Anaheim Angels on Wednesday night.

Matos to have season-ending surgery
BALTIMORE -- Orioles center fielder Luis Matos will undergo season-ending surgery on his right shin after tests showed the stress fracture that put him on the disabled list was more serious than originally believed.

Angels sign Galarraga to minor league contract
MINNEAPOLIS -- Andres Galarraga is back in baseball.

Struggling reliever demoted to minors; Yanks call up LHP Nitkowski
NEW YORK -- Struggling reliever Felix Heredia accepted an assignment to the minors Wednesday, and the New York Yankees purchased left-hander C.J. Nitkowski's contract from Triple-A Columbus.

Indians and Expos swap left-handers

Giants' Williams has arthroscopic surgery on shoulder
SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants right-hander Jerome Williams could miss the rest of the regular season after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow Wednesday.

Alabama slams Aiken
AIKEN - The comeback kids finally dug themselves into a hole too deep to dig out of.

Still undefeated: Aiken rolls again

Angels sign Galarraga to minor league contract
MINNEAPOLIS -- Andres Galarraga is back in baseball.

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.

Yankees sign Olerud

Padres activate Hitchcock
SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego Padres activated left-handed pitcher Sterling Hitchcock from the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday.

Matos to have season-ending surgery

Reds activate Griffey from DL

Alabama slams Aiken

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.

Giants' Williams has arthroscopic surgery on shoulder

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.

Padres activate Hitchcock

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.

Latest area births
John Trennan Lowery: Brett D. Lowery and Jennifer A. Powick-Lowery, of Augusta, announce the birth of a son, John Trennan Lowery, Saturday, March 27, 2004, at University Hospital. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Roy Powick and Mr. and Mrs. Tom Lowery, all of Augusta.

Latest area births

Odds and Ends
UNIONTOWN, Pa. -- Something smelled rotten when Michael Hanczyk showed up in court to fight a drunken driving charge. Authorities say it was the booze on his breath.

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.

Camper dies in New Hampshire after bear scare
SANDWICH, N.H. -- A 13-year-old boy attending a camp for underprivileged children collapsed and died after being frightened by a bear during a hike, authorities said Wednesday.

Atlanta is impressed by pitchers

Astros have enough to stop Braves

Pitcher proves worth in win
HOUSTON - Lost amid the perfect July put together by Braves pitchers Russ Ortiz, Mike Hampton and Jaret Wright was the resurgence of John Thomson.

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.

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.

Pitcher proves worth in win

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.

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.

Study concludes Calif. taxpayers subsidize Wal-Mart workers

German jobless rate rises to 10.5 percent in July

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.

Maker of software that copies DVDs, computer games folds

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.

Oil prices make big retreat as Russia concerns abate

Wachovia discloses likely SEC action

Oil prices make big retreat as Russia concerns abate
WASHINGTON -- Oil prices made a sharp retreat Wednesday as concerns about an immediate loss of supply from Russia abated and gasoline supplies in the United States increased.

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

Toyota hopes to sell 300,000 hybrids by end of 2005
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- Toyota Motor Corp. has set a goal of selling 300,000 gas-electric hybrid vehicles worldwide by the end of 2005, but production capacity may be a factor, Toyota president Fujio Cho said Wednesday.

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

German jobless rate rises to 10.5 percent in July
BERLIN -- Germany's jobless rate rose to 10.5 percent in July, with the number of people out of work climbing to 4.36 million, the government's labor office said Wednesday.

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.

Colleges selling leftovers on eBay
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Surely, there's someone out there who needs six factory-sealed, 100-pound cans of freon. Officials at Penn State University just hope that someone is on eBay.

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.

Maker of software that copies DVDs, computer games folds
ST. LOUIS -- A maker of software that enabled users to copy DVDs and computer games folded Tuesday under the mounting weight of lawsuits by deep-pocketed movie studios and video game producers.

Terror warnings on financial targets spread anxiety

Caterpillar workers set Thursday strike deadline
PEORIA, Ill. -- More than 9,000 Caterpillar Inc. workers will strike this week if negotiations that began nearly eight months ago fail to yield a new contract with the heavy equipment giant, United Auto Workers officials said Tuesday.

Toyota hopes to sell 300,000 hybrids by end of 2005

Business briefs
ATLANTA - Delta Air Lines' pilots union said Wednesday the struggling carrier will edge closer to bankruptcy if management continues to seek $1 billion in concessions from them without asking other stakeholders to tighten their belts.

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

Branch to take office in city
A division of global appliance giant Electrolux is moving its headquarters to a west Augusta building formerly occupied by telemarketing company FutureCall.

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.

Business district tax raise sought
City officials are again asking downtown property owners to pay higher taxes for cleaner streets and more security.

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.

New job cuts hit Augusta center

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.

Colleges selling leftovers on eBay

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.

Yukos faces additional tax audits for 2001

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.

Oil markets remain tense over terror, supply concerns

Fidelity Brokerage fined for alleged document destruction

Zippo fired up over cheap knockoffs from China

Factory orders rise by 0.7 percent in June

Forbes.com put ad links in news stories

Pfizer gets help on incentives

Factory orders rise by 0.7 percent in June
WASHINGTON -- America's factories saw orders grow stronger in June, a spot of good news for manufacturers and for the economic recovery.

Oil prices make big retreat as Russia concerns abate

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.

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

Victim's counselor, sex assault prevention expert resign from scandal-plagued University of Colorado
BOULDER, Colo. -- A victim's counselor and a sex assault prevention expert have resigned at the University of Colorado, saying they were weighed down by the sex scandal involving athletes.

Roach out for start of fall practice

LSU defensive end agrees to restraining order
BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU defensive end Melvin Oliver has agreed to a yearlong restraining order that will keep him away from his former girlfriend. He also agreed to pay Bel Tyretta Leejay $100 a month for the support of their infant son.

LSU defensive end agrees to restraining order

Youth's skill snatches him shot at 'Pebble'

A cause worth joining
We have long maintained that the Arab and Muslim worlds have failed miserably to take any responsibility for the deplorable state of affairs in Iraq and the Mideast.

Playing with our safety

Playing with our safety
John Kerry has become legendary for flip-flops. But this past week his campaign has done the near-impossible: flipping and flopping simultaneously.

Breathing free
Resiliency - the ability to bounce back - is a beautiful thing.

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.

Breathing free

A cause worth joining

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.

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.

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

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.

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

Club calendar
Here's a list of entertainment at Aiken-Augusta nightclubs.

Tallulah Gorge falls silent but still draws sightseers
Once upon a time, the Tallulah Gorge, a 3-mile-long fissure that drops about 1,200 feet into the dense granite at the Rabun and Habersham counties line in northeast Georgia, was the most visited site in the Southeast.

Applause calendar
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Edie Falco reported healthy after breast cancer treatment
NEW YORK -- "Sopranos" star Edie Falco was diagnosed last year with breast cancer, but has completed her treatment and is healthy, a representative for the 41-year-old actress told The Associated Press.

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.

People in the News
TORONTO -- The Toronto International Film Festival will celebrate emerging Canadian filmmakers with work featuring stars such as Nick Nolte, Eric Stoltz and Jennifer Tilly.

Serious hiking awaits at Table Rock Mountain
The hiking is the main attraction at Table Rock Mountain, a flat, exposed behemoth of a rock in Pickens County in Upstate South Carolina, rising 3,124 feet above sea level.

'Straight From the Heart' makes a great album for a few laughs
A great comedy album is something of a balancing act. It must offer its listener something familiar, something comfortable to latch onto. It must also embarrass the listener a little, leave them with a vague feeling of discomfort that comes from knowing that secrets aren't all that secret after all. And then it must leave listeners, at last, feeling just slightly superior, as though they and they alone have gotten the joke.

Owners can show off their stuff for the car show
Have you pimped your ride? Has your whip been tricked out?

Stuff to do
Former Augusta singer-songwriter Steven Jackson makes the trip in from Nashville, Tenn., for a rare Garden City appearance today at 8 p.m. at Metro A Coffeehouse, 1054 Broad St. Joe Stevenson opens. Cover is $2.

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.

Tokyo stocks drop on concerns over soaring oil prices

Martha Stewart Living posts a wider-than-expected loss

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

CVS reports profit up 17.7 percent in second quarter
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- CVS Corp. reported its second quarter profit rose 17.7 percent from a year ago, boosted by rising sales of pharmacy products and other goods at established stores.

German automaker BMW's profit up 18 percent

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

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.

Japanese automaker Toyota reports surge in profits

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.

Qwest's loss widens on range of charges

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.

Losses balloon at scandal-hit Mitsubishi Motors

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.

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

Tokyo stocks end modestly lower

CVS reports profit up 17.7 percent in second quarter

Smithfield: earnings to be lower than Wall Street estimates

Big Movers in the Stock Market

Jack in the Box earnings rise 9 percent
SAN DIEGO - Fast-food chain Jack in the Box Inc.'s third-quarter earnings rose 9 percent, reflecting higher sales and continued control of payroll and fixed costs.

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

Losses balloon at scandal-hit Mitsubishi Motors
TOKYO -- Losses at scandal-plagued Japanese automaker Mitsubishi Motors Corp. ballooned for the latest quarter as sales nose-dived in Japan and North America.

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.

Tokyo stocks drop on concerns over soaring oil prices
TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks sank Wednesday amid concerns about soaring oil prices. The U.S. dollar was higher against the Japanese yen.

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.

German automaker BMW's profit up 18 percent
FRANKFURT, Germany -- Luxury automaker BMW's profit rose 18 percent in the second quarter from a year ago as new models like the X3 sport utility vehicle and 6-Series coupe helped drive sales, the company said Wednesday.

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.

Tommy Hilfiger's loss narrower than expected
NEW YORK -Fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger Corp. swung to a first-quarter loss as revenue in its wholesale segment decreased 20 percent, offsetting gains in its retail business.

Smithfield: earnings to be lower than Wall Street estimates
SMITHFIELD, Va. -- Smithfield Foods Inc. warned Wednesday that first-quarter earnings will be lower than expected because it did not fully benefit from higher live hog prices. Smithfield stock fell nearly 6 percent.

Shares mixed as investors mull oil prices
NEW YORK -- Wall Street waffled through an erratic session Wednesday, closing mixed as investors nervously watched oil prices but also allowed themselves to be encouraged by good economic news.

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

Grubbin': Villa Europa

Austrian spa offers tasty new 'treatment' - chocolate baths

Austrian spa offers tasty new 'treatment' - chocolate baths
KLAGENFURT, Austria -- An Austrian health spa is giving chocolate lovers a chance to take the ultimate plunge.

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.

This year's peaches, small and sweet, and low in price
FRESNO, Calif. -- Blake Carlson's peaches and nectarines are sweet as summer, dripping with juice, and brushed with a fiery red. But the Central Valley farmer has left some of them to wither in the orchard, and worse - he's torn up acres of trees. First 10, then 20, then 30 acres, and now he's considering tearing up another 10.

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

Grubbin': Villa Europa
THE EATERY: Villa Europa, 3044 Deans Bridge Road WHAT'S THERE: Italian and German cuisine

This year's peaches, small and sweet, and low in price

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

Signs point to school's title

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.

Putting decided Bridges winner

International's field takes a hit with new date

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.

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.

Ryder Cup captain Sutton changes view of course

International's field takes a hit with new date
CASTLE ROCK, Colo. -- Phil Mickelson is in Wisconsin getting ready for the PGA Championship. Tiger Woods is off tuning up for the year's final major, too. So are Vijay Singh and Sergio Garcia.

Thrashers re-sign Petrovicky

Thrashers re-sign Petrovicky
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Thrashers have agreed to terms with forward Ronald Petrovicky, general manager Don Waddell said Wednesday.

Arbitrator awards Bruins' Gonchar raise to $5.5 million

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.

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.

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.

Hurricane Alex heads out to sea
BUXTON, N.C. -- Hurricane Alex, stronger than expected but sparing the North Carolina coast a direct hit, brought plenty of wind, rain and flooding to the Outer Banks, cutting power to thousands and flooding Hatteras Island's only link to the mainland.

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

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

Kerry was a wartime detriment

Athletes can't use jets? Tough

Athletes can't use jets? Tough
Oh my goodness, what hath the NCAA wrought? No private planes to ferry coddled athletes to Athens and Clemson ("NCAA's new rule just doesn't fly," Scott Michaux column, July 31). How very unfair! Yes, discrimination it is, especially if one can't read the signs in the Atlanta airport. John Spence McCormick, S.C.

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

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

Edwards splits on tax breaks

Our legislators helped center

Patriotism isn't always pro-Bush

Writer's letter is merely 'garbage'
Regarding Paul L. Cook's July 11 letter: His first sentence said, "I have opposed the editorial position of The Augusta Chronicle for more than 40 years, because The Chronicle demonizes anyone who is one millimeter left of Adolf Hitler or the grand wizard of the Klu Klux Klan." John Elliott Augusta

Carter stepped beyond the pale

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

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

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

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

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

Our legislators helped center
As reported in The Augusta Chronicle on July 28, the Community Mental Health Center of East Central Georgia renewed its contract with the Department of Human Resources to provide treatment to individuals in need of mental health services. Services to clients continue despite a $200,000 reduction in funding. Patrick Waters, LCSW 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

Larke, school board perform poorly
I am a parent of a 7-year-old in the Richmond County school system. I cannot understand how Charles Larke has held his position as school superintendent. He never answers my phone calls to him, or even calls me back.

Writer's letter is merely 'garbage'

Columnist's politics trumps science
Paul Campos' July 27 article, "Panic over obesity is unhealthy," is grossly misleading in stating that activity and diet do not " make obese people appreciably thinner." Joseph B. Harris Washington, Ga.

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

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

Toughen stance on terrorism

NASA launches spacecraft named Messenger to Mercury

FDA approves new antidepressant for adults

X Games at 10: Gnarly stunts from an older crowd

Brain study says early bird Archaeopteryx could fly

Spacewalking astronauts install equipment

Russia to charge U.S. for deliveries to international space station

Serena and Venus Williams court the fashion world

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

Unmanned combat jets fly under single operator's control

Doom 3 game provides technological leap

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.

Unmanned combat jets fly under single operator's control
EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Two unmanned jets being developed as a robotic combat system made a coordinated flight under the control of a single pilot-operator, Boeing researchers said Tuesday.

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.

Brain study says early bird Archaeopteryx could fly
A close look at the brain of Archaeopteryx, the earliest known bird, has produced new evidence that the crow-sized creature could fly.

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.

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.

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.

Russia to charge U.S. for deliveries to international space station
MOSCOW -- Russia will charge the United States to deliver astronauts and cargo to the international space station starting next year, the head of the Federal Space Agency said Wednesday.

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.

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.

FDA approves new antidepressant for adults
WASHINGTON -- The Food and Drug Administration approved sale of a new antidepressant for adults on Wednesday. Called Cymbalta, it should be on pharmacy shelves by late month.

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.

DeMint touts imported drugs
COLUMBIA - Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jim DeMint wants to combat the nation's soaring prescription drug costs with competition from other countries.

News you can use

Across the area

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:

Protesters draw SLED to Williston
The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division is investigating a disputed incident involving a Williston police officer in the wake of last month's protests by a residents group.

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.

Oaths of office

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.

Around town

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.

Blacks gain in buying power

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.

Across the area
About 20 soldiers from the 319th Transportation Company, an Augusta-based Army Reserve unit that hauled fuel for Marines during the drive to Baghdad last year, are back in the Mideast after being assigned to other units.

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.

News you can use
Aug. 5, 1969 He wore faded trousers with red suspenders, a white shirt, a hue striped tie, and a "smashed down" red wig. His shoes were so large that a little girl had to feel to see if there was enough foot to fill them.

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.

Hello pencils, hello books

Aide questioned legality of cockfighting pit

MCG president will get raise

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

Damaged cobblestone alley must be repaved

Across Georgia
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.

Caterer is eager to feed Cheney

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.

UGA can maintain ties to foundation
ATLANTA - The rights to the University of Georgia's name were an important factor in the state Board of Regents' decision to allow the school to maintain its relationship with the UGA Foundation, university system officials said.

Across South Carolina

SRS still struggles for funds

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.

Around town
Alexis Claxton, 2, of Augusta, throws bread to Savannah River fish from Riverwalk Augusta. She was taking a stroll along the river Wednesday with her aunt, Shawnda Claxton, of Augusta.

Deputy faces four charges in sex assault

3 bishops create pact to bar Kerry from communion
If Democrat John Kerry comes to South Carolina, Catholic priests there will have no choice but to deny him communion because of his abortion-rights stance, according to a statement Wednesday from Bishop Robert J. Baker of Charleston.

Residents to protest Olde Town plan

Residents to protest Olde Town plan
The Olde Town Neighborhood Association will meet with city officials today to discuss what they can do to keep a developer from turning the old Houghton School into a low-income apartment complex.

Rants and raves
REFERENCE THE ALERT level. There is an old saying: When you least expect it, expect it.

Kid of the day

Protesters draw SLED to Williston

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.

Across the Georgia

Complaints go to authorities

Fire kills Summerville resident

Court accepts gay mother's custody appeal

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.

Property owners can avoid late fee

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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Across the area
About 20 soldiers from the 319th Transportation Company, an Augusta-based Army Reserve unit that hauled fuel for Marines during the drive to Baghdad last year, are back in the Mideast after being assigned to other units.

Fort Gordon blacklists Augusta's Knights Inn

Fire kills Summerville resident
Richmond County officials are trying to determine the cause of a fatal fire at a Summerville cottage Wednesday morning.

Police say teenagers planned knife attack

Aide questioned legality of cockfighting pit
AIKEN - More than two years before a multiagency raid shut down an Aiken County cockfighting pit, the chief deputy of the Aiken County Sheriff's Office obtained a state attorney general's opinion that said such clubs are illegal even if they style themselves as animal research facilities.

Schools track fire safety data

Pupils arrive in record numbers
The Columbia County Schools system set an enrollment record Wednesday as it quickly approaches 20,000 pupils.

Kid of the day

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.

3 bishops create pact to bar Kerry from communion

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.

Across the area

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

Schools hire staffers to meet demands

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.

Around town

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.

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.

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

Across the Georgia
GAINESVILLE - One child is dead and another was hospitalized after a mobile home fire in Gainesville.

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.

Across South Carolina
SPARTANBURG - The chairwoman of the Spartanburg County School District 2 board has been charged with criminal domestic violence.

Rants and raves
REFERENCE THE ALERT level. There is an old saying: When you least expect it, expect it.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Zandell K. Wright, 6, of Augusta.

Program helps many spend energy wisely
At Julia Lee's house on Rhodes Drive, workers are busy adding Sheetrock to a hole in a hall closet, installing a screen door, putting insulation in the attic and connecting a pair of smoke detectors.

Deputy faces four charges in sex assault
A Richmond County sheriff's deputy accused of sexual battery in June was indicted on four sexual assault charges Wednesday.

Regents approve plan for MCG class via Web

Blacks gain in buying power
ATLANTA - Empowered by his post-college paycheck, Andrew Davis finally has his own cash to burn.

Schools hire staffers to meet demands
AIKEN - Aiken Elementary and North Augusta Elementary are adding teachers to help handle the shifting of 150 students at Aiken County schools.

Police say teenagers planned knife attack
RIVERDALE, Ga. - Sick of her grandparents' rules, Holly Harvey and her girlfriend carried out their plan of stabbing them to death and escaping in a stolen truck to the Georgia coast, police and family members say.

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.

Officials make do in wake of virus

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.

Across South Carolina
SPARTANBURG - The chairwoman of the Spartanburg County School District 2 board has been charged with criminal domestic violence.

News you can use
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.

Across Georgia
GAINESVILLE - One child is dead and another was hospitalized after a mobile home fire in Gainesville.

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.

Caterer is eager to feed Cheney
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Elizabeth Evans' job is simple: Prepare lunch for more than 200 people outside under the watchful eye of the Secret Service.

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

Picket set to protest hirings
Unionized workers at the Savannah River Site planned to picket outside the nuclear reservation's gates this morning to protest the hiring of a New York contractor that allegedly plans to employ out-of-state workers.

Across Georgia
Teens suspected in 2 slayings are captured

Regents approve plan for MCG class via Web
ATLANTA - The Medical College of Georgia is looking to expand the reach of some courses through the Internet.

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.

Fort Gordon blacklists Augusta's Knights Inn
An Augusta motel has been placed off limits for Fort Gordon soldiers, post officials said Wednesday.

Across the area

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.

Across the area

Across South Carolina

Options to cover children not used

Across Georgia

Man found dead after house fire identified

Proposed summit would try to boost city economy

Investigators dig to discover fires' roots

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

Flicks
Movies are listed with theater locations through Wednesday.

Flicks

'Outfoxed,' documentary to appear in theaters
NEW YORK -- "Outfoxed" will be in theaters beginning Friday, after weeks of being available only on the Internet.

Springsteen, Dixie Chicks, Pearl Jam stumping against Bush

'Chronicle' needs music from local artists
Do you have a song in your heart? Better yet, do you have a song on CD?

Loveless stays motivated because of her loyal fans

Springsteen, Dixie Chicks, Pearl Jam stumping against Bush
NEW YORK -- In an unprecedented series of concerts in nine swing states, more than 20 musical acts - including Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam and the Dixie Chicks - will perform fund-raising concerts one month before the Nov. 2 election in an effort to unseat President Bush.

Hot ticket

Top 20 Concert Tours
The Top 20 Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows in North America. The previous week's ranking is in parentheses. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers.

Concert calendar
Here's a list of upcoming area concerts. The list includes concerts that are within easy driving distance from the Augusta area.

'Chronicle' needs music from local artists

Top 20 Concert Tours

Musician spotlight
THE MUSICIAN: Camron Buckner, 22, R&B singer with local Trill Folk Entertainment

Hot ticket
WHO: Patterson Hood WHEN: 9 p.m. Wednesday WHERE: The Georgia Theatre, 215 N. Lumpkin St., Athens

Concert calendar

Loveless stays motivated because of her loyal fans
Patty Loveless has experimented with honky-tonk twang, slick Nashville pop and raucous country rock, but the singer garnered the best reviews of her career when she finally looked toward home.

IRL adds two road courses for 2005 season

Johnson is first to feel heat of Helton
SPEEDWAY, Ind. - Jimmie Johnson became the first casualty of NASCAR's growing conflict of interests this week, earning a $10,000 fine for blocking one of the sport's sponsorship signs in Victory Lane.

NASCAR getting bulky new car ready for racing
CONCORD, N.C. -- If all goes according to NASCAR's plan, sometime late next season Nextel Cup drivers will begin racing "a brick."

NASCAR getting bulky new car ready for racing

And The Chase Is On

Johnson is first to feel heat of Helton

NASCAR to bring Busch series to Mexico City
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- NASCAR will stage its first points-paying event outside the United States in a half-century when the Busch series races next year in Mexico City, The Associated Press has learned.

NASCAR newsmaker Dale Jarrett

And The Chase Is On
Kurt Busch equates each of the remaining races leading up to the "Chase for the Championship" to a best-of-seven series.

NASCAR newsmaker Dale Jarrett
Dale Jarrett is only five years removed from winning a Nextel Cup championship, and currently 14th this season entering this weekend's Brickyard 400.

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.

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

Spurs sign Massenburg, re-sign Marks

Knicks sign second-round pick Ariza

Attorneys for Bryant's accuser say she is questioning her role in case
DENVER -- Kobe Bryant's prosecutors said Wednesday he will be put on trial later this month, even as attorneys for the woman accusing the NBA star of rape suggested her participation is not a sure bet.

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.

Pistons deal Williamson for Coleman and McCaskill

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

Wolves match Blazers' offer for Hassell, Hudson still waiting
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Timberwolves matched the Portland Trail Blazers' offer for restricted free agent Trenton Hassell on Wednesday, meaning Minnesota will keep one of its top defenders.

Attorneys for Bryant's accuser say she is questioning her role in case

Pistons deal Williamson for Coleman and McCaskill
DETROIT -- The Detroit Pistons acquired Derrick Coleman and Amal McCaskill from the Philadelphia 76ers in a trade Wednesday for Corliss Williamson.

Hawks, Mavs agree to four-player deal

Wolves match Blazers' offer for Hassell, Hudson still waiting

Hawks, Mavs agree to four-player deal
ATLANTA -- The Mavericks traded Antoine Walker and Tony Delk to the Hawks on Wednesday for Jason Terry, Alan Henderson and a first-round draft pick.

Spurs sign Massenburg, re-sign Marks
SAN ANTONIO -- The San Antonio Spurs signed veteran forward Tony Massenburg and re-signed forward Sean Marks.

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.

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.

Hawks to get Walker from Dallas in four-player deal

Top ground-gainer looks for better things in 2004

Huard leaves practice with tight back

Hall reports in time for his first practice with Falcons

Carter released by Cowboys, Brown cut by Raiders

Defensive tackle would have rather played and learned last year

Pair of pass-catchers claw for final spots

Vick misses morning practice, returns in evening

Owners are facing plenty of questions for upcoming year

Camp Lovie: Pulled hamstrings galore

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

Titans LB Sirmon out for season with torn knee ligaments

Roethlisberger shows no hesitancy during first Steelers practice

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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.

Athens boosts Olympic troop numbers
ATHENS, Greece -- Athens ordered a major boost in military involvement in security for the Aug. 13-29 Games, as Greece's public order minister denied reports Wednesday of problems with its massive Olympic surveillance system.

Iverson prayer steals victory
COLOGNE, Germany - Things are not looking good for the NBA stars on the U.S. Olympic basketball team.

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.

IOC: Athens ready to host 'magical games'
ATHENS, Greece -- After years of pushing, prodding and scolding, Athens is now ready to host "magical games," the head of the International Olympic Committee said Wednesday.

U.S. Women set to face WNBA All-Stars in Olympic warmup
NEW YORK -- The U.S. women's basketball team is expected to dominate the Athens Olympics.

Canada defeats Greece in exhibition baseball
BALTIMORE -- Former major leaguers Rob Ducey and Paul Spoljaric helped Canada beat Greece 5-3 Wednesday at Camden Yards in a tuneup for the Athens Olympics.

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.

Overtime

Sarafan wins Del Mar feature

Pope builds department to spread faith through sports

Overtime

Area announcements

Benefit event will aid girl, 14
Christy Parker loves to shoot hoops, but she no longer has the stamina to finish a game.

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.

Area announcements
Note: Announcements for participatory events must be written, delivered, mailed or faxed to The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928, with a return address and phone number. No phone calls are accepted. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. The announcements will be published weekly.

Overtime
For the first time in almost 50 years, Georgia's football team has scheduled a road trip to a Pac-10 school.

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.

Sarafan wins Del Mar feature
DEL MAR, Calif. -- Sarafan beat Gene de Campeao by 1 1/2 lengths in Wednesday's $75,000 Escondido Handicap at Del Mar.

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.

Vikings center Birk undergoes procedure
MANKATO, Minn. -- Minnesota Vikings center Matt Birk had minor surgery Wednesday to determine the cause of a pelvic injury that's caused him to miss three consecutive practices.

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.

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.

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.

Carter released by Cowboys, Brown cut by Raiders
In a shocking and unexpected development, Quincy Carter is no longer with the Dallas Cowboys after quarterbacking them to the playoffs last season.

Roethlisberger shows no hesitancy during first Steelers practice
LATROBE, Pa. -- No matter how many passes he completed in college, no matter how many millions he now has in the bank, Ben Roethlisberger was just like any other football player on his first official day in a new uniform.

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.

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

Huard leaves practice with tight back
CHENEY, Wash. -- Seattle Seahawks quarterback Brock Huard left Wednesday afternoon's training camp practice when his back tightened up, but the ailment didn't appear serious.

Noble sidelined after breaking hand in practice
ASHBURN, Va. -- Washington Redskins defensive tackle Brandon Noble was held out of practice Wednesday, one day after breaking his right hand in a workout.

QB misses second straight day of practice
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- San Francisco 49ers quarterback Tim Rattay will be held out of practice until next week because an inflamed right forearm.

Dawkins out a week with injured knee
BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- Philadelphia Eagles free safety Brian Dawkins will miss the next week of training camp after injuring his knee Wednesday.

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.

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.

Pair of pass-catchers claw for final spots
GREENVILLE, S.C. - Wide receivers Terrence Edwards and Jimmy Farris share more than facing pages in the Atlanta Falcons' media guide.

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.

Owners are facing plenty of questions for upcoming year
Football season's back, and it could be better than ever.

For bluegrass fans, North Carolina festival will be happening place

For bluegrass fans, North Carolina festival will be happening place
Bluegrass fans will converge on Cherokee, N.C., for the 22nd annual Cherokee Bluegrass Festival scheduled for Aug. 19-21.

Team brings Aiken together

Actress saves otherwise drab story

Clinton promotes book, John Kerry in appearance on 'Late Show'
NEW YORK -- Bill Clinton came to sell his book on "Late Show with David Letterman" Tuesday night but left a copy as a gift for Letterman's son.

Government gives nod to new TiVo feature
WASHINGTON -- Federal regulators on Wednesday approved technology allowing TiVo subscribers to send copies of recorded shows over the Internet.

Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit Issue going prime time
NEW YORK -- The much discussed Sports Illustrated "cover jinx" has never applied to the Swimsuit Issue. While athletes often fall victim to bad luck and injuries after gracing the cover of the magazine, swimsuit models are catapulted to world fame.

Convention given short shrift on broadcast networks

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.

CBS dominates last week's ratings race, Nielsen says

Comedy Central renews deal with Dave Chappelle
NEW YORK -- Dave Chappelle is now truly a rich man. Comedy Central and the streetwise comedian have reached agreement for two more years of the sketch comedy "Chappelle's Show."

Government gives nod to new TiVo feature

'Last Comic' host Jay Mohr mines his 'SNL' memories
LOS ANGELES -- Looking ahead and looking back, Jay Mohr is satisfied with both perspectives.

Thousands wait in line before first 'American Idol' auditions

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.

Clinton promotes book, John Kerry in appearance on 'Late Show'

'Last Comic' host Jay Mohr mines his 'SNL' memories

Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit Issue going prime time

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

Tom Cruise says he is ready to fall in love again

Serious hiking awaits at Table Rock Mountain

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'Straight From the Heart' makes a great album for a few laughs

Jamie Foxx remakes himself as show-biz superman

Tallulah Gorge falls silent but still draws sightseers

People in the News

People in the News

Owners can show off their stuff for the car show

Edie Falco reported healthy after breast cancer treatment

Solange Knowles has star-studded baby shower

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Actress saves otherwise drab story
There's nothing new about the cinematic idea of a child in the body of an adult.

Hit men make sure-shot entertainment for films
This week, Tom Cruise reinvents himself once again, this time using his disarming smile and smooth charisma as a tool for evil.

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.

Camper dies in New Hampshire after bear scare

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Sniffer dog dies of suspected drug overdose