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Legendary photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson dies

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

Pamela Anderson becomes novelist - with a little help

Arts calendar
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Arts calendar

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.

Pamela Anderson becomes novelist - with a little help
NEW YORK -- Pamela Anderson has a new best friend: her ghostwriter.

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

Shakespeare, Harry Potter among works re-read most often
Lisa Clemmer, a 37-year-old bibliophile from Richmond, Va., remembers the first time she read Alice Walker's "The Color Purple." She was in college, at Virginia Commonwealth University, and Walker's novel introduced her to a world she knew nothing about.

'The Wall' to be erected on Broadway
NEW YORK -- Tommy Mottola and Miramax Films are building "The Wall" on Broadway. The hit album by rockers Pink Floyd will be transformed into a Broadway musical.

Shakespeare, Harry Potter among works re-read most often

Alabama slams Aiken

Aiken falls short, but exceeds expectations
AIKEN - Something special happened at Citizens Park this week.

Aiken falls short, but exceeds expectations

Giants' Williams has arthroscopic surgery on shoulder

Injury question plagues Nomar
BOSTON - Nomar Garcia-parra has come under renewed scrutiny after a published report raised questions about when the recently traded Boston shortstop hurt his right Achilles' tendon.

Padres activate Hitchcock

Brown regains form with winAngels 8, Twins 3Indians 6, Blue Jays 3, 10 inningsRangers 2, Tigers 1

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

Brown regains form with winAngels 8, Twins 3Indians 6, Blue Jays 3, 10 inningsRangers 2, Tigers 1
NEW YORK - Kevin Brown pitched like an ace for the second straight start since coming off the disabled list, solidifying a New York Yankees rotation that has been among the worst in the major leagues.

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

Weather hampers play in Rockies
CASTLE PINES, Colo. - Afternoon thunderstorms always seem to be a problem at The International.

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.

Matos to have season-ending surgery

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.

Injury question plagues Nomar

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

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

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.

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.

Latest area births

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.

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.

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.

Odds and Ends
YUBA CITY, Calif. -- Not only did this chicken not make it across the road, but it wound up in a motorist's windshield wipers.

Pitcher proves worth in win

Braves' Giles delivers in clutch

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.

GILES SITS AGAIN
Second baseman Marcus Giles is expected to return to the Braves' lineup Friday in Arizona. Giles aggravated a groin injury Tuesday night and sat out the final two games of the series against the Astros.

GILES SITS AGAIN

Braves' Giles delivers in clutch
HOUSTON - The Braves used most of their roster in the first eight innings of Thursday night's game against the Houston Astros.

Business briefs

Caterpillar gives union 'last, best and final' contract offer

Oil prices zoom higher as Russian supply concerns return
WASHINGTON -- Oil prices zoomed higher on Thursday as fears of a potential loss in supply from Russia returned. Crude futures rose more than $1 in midday trading, topping $44 a barrel.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

Jobless claims drop last week
WASHINGTON -- The number of new people signing up for unemployment benefits dropped last week, a hopeful sign for the job market recovery.

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.

Campbell: Three-year plan changed company during rough period

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.

Factory orders rise by 0.7 percent in June

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.

Jobless claims drop last week

Many retailers report lackluster sales for July
NEW YORK -- Consumers' frugal spending extended into a second month during July, giving many retailers lackluster sales gains, particularly apparel chains like Gap Inc.

Caterpillar gives union 'last, best and final' contract offer
EAST PEORIA, Ill. -- Caterpillar Inc. gave the United Auto Workers what it called its "last, best and final" contract offer Thursday, and the union held off a scheduled strike by more than 9,000 union workers at plants in four states.

Business briefs
AKRON, Ohio - Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. reported a profit for the second quarter, the first for the nation's largest tire maker since the third quarter of 2002. Its shares rose nearly 5 percent.

AT&T says it may write down consumer business assets
NEW YORK -- AT&T Corp. said it may write down the value of some of its $43.8 billion in assets, intensifying speculation that the nation's largest long-distance phone company is a takeover target.

German jobless rate rises to 10.5 percent in July

European Central Bank leaves rates unchanged

Oil prices make big retreat as Russia concerns abate

Russian parliament passes measure sharply limiting when beer ads
MOSCOW -- Thanks to hip advertising and trendy breweries, beer's popularity has soared in the land of vodka. But Russia's brewers have hit a snag: the lower house of parliament passed legislation Thursday that would put some of Europe's toughest restrictions on beer ads.

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.

Campbell: Three-year plan changed company during rough period
MOUNT LAUREL, N.J. -- Campbell's Soup, a long-time fixture in American homes, is taking on a new role: the food for people on the run.

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.

Colleges selling leftovers on eBay

Authority lobbies for parking study
Downtown officials will seek funds for a parking study to deal with the area's residential and commercial growth.

Authority lobbies for parking study

Maker of software that copies DVDs, computer games folds

Oil prices zoom higher as Russian supply concerns return

Oil prices make big retreat as Russia concerns abate

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.

European Central Bank leaves rates unchanged
FRANKFURT, Germany -- The European Central Bank left its key refinancing rate unchanged Thursday at 2 percent, waiting for solid evidence that Europe's economic recovery will gather strength.

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.

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.

LSU defensive end agrees to restraining order

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

The next great challenge
What if Iran had the bomb?

Shamed into action
No one demonstrates the can-do attitude of the U.S. military better than Army Spc. Michael Thames and the 10 or so Fort Gordon volunteers he brought with him to clean up Augusta's Bicentennial Park on Broad Street recently.

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.

Heightened alert?
Our Muslim-American friends have been duly vigilant in watching for signs of prejudice and profiling in American society.

A cause worth joining

The next great challenge

Breathing free

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.

Ralph Fiennes to play nemesis in next 'Harry Potter' movie
LOS ANGELES -- He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named has been named. Ralph Fiennes, who played memorable evil guys in "Red Dragon" and "Schindler's List," has signed on to portray the wicked warlock Voldemort in the next "Harry Potter" movie, Warner Bros. announced Wednesday.

Applause calendar
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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.

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

People in the News
LONDON -- The Daleks, metallic enemies of sci-fi hero Doctor Who, have lived to fight another day.

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.

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.

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.

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.

'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?

CVS reports profit up 17.7 percent in second quarter

German automaker BMW's profit up 18 percent

Tokyo stocks end higher
TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks edged up Thursday as investors hunted for bargains following losses the previous day. The U.S. dollar was down against the Japanese yen.

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.

Money funds rose in latest week

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.

Losses balloon at scandal-hit Mitsubishi Motors

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

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.

Smithfield: earnings to be lower than Wall Street estimates

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.

Stocks tumble on oil worries
NEW YORK -- Another surge in oil prices sent stocks plummeting Thursday, with the Dow Jones industrial average shedding more than 160 points, the second-largest one-day drop of the year.

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.

Tokyo stocks drop on concerns over soaring oil prices

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.

Money funds rose in latest week
NEW YORK -- Assets of the nation's retail money market mutual funds rose by $2.59 billion in the latest week to $851.10 billion, the Investment Company Institute said Thursday.

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.

DirecTV swings to loss in second quarter
LOS ANGELES -- The DirecTV Group swung to a loss in the second quarter as subscriber acquisition and retention costs offset a 21 percent jump in revenue and a record number of new subscriptions to its satellite television service.

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.

Goodyear swings to profit in second quarter
AKRON, Ohio -- Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. reported a profit for the second quarter, getting the nation's largest tiremaker out of the red for the first time since 2002.

Fishing tournament news
Sponsoring a bass, crappie, catfish or other fishing tournament? Mail or fax your flyer or information to Fishing Editor, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, Ga. 30903-1928. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. Tournament reports must include first and last names of the participants, total numbers of fish and total weight of the catch.

School's cool for Thurmond fishermen
It's back to school (fishing) on Thurmond Lake, as a quartet of fishermen learned to their delight late Wednesday.

Fishing tournament news

School's cool for Thurmond fishermen

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
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.

Austrian spa offers tasty new 'treatment' - chocolate baths

Grubbin': Villa Europa

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

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.

Oleander pruning depends on shrub's desired size

Oleander pruning depends on shrub's desired size
I have an oleander shrub that I planted in 2000, and this is the first year it has bloomed. Should we cut it back now, and if so, how much should we cut?

Gardeners create compost for healthier soil and environment

Gardeners create compost for healthier soil and environment
To most people, an apple core or an orange or banana peel are unwanted remains, the mere useless ends of a healthful snack.

Plant thieves victimize backyard gardeners and farmers
NEW MARKET, Va. -- Back in the days of Frontier America, the lowest of the low were the varmints who stole your horse or ran off with a few head of cattle. It was summary justice then. Hang them from the highest tree.

Plant thieves victimize backyard gardeners and farmers

Daniels expecting to build upon last season
ATLANTA - Georgia Tech's P.J. Daniels grudgingly lists himself as one of the top running backs in the newly expanded Atlantic Coast Conference. That tiny admission is about all his humility will allow.

Daniels expecting to build upon last season

International's field takes a hit with new date

Twins force PGA pulloutMaggert withdraws from PGA to be with pregnant wife
Despite needing only a ninth-place finish to make the Ryder Cup team, Jeff Maggert withdrew from the PGA Championship on Thursday because his wife is close to having twins.

Twins force PGA pulloutMaggert withdraws from PGA to be with pregnant wife

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.

Rules stay the same, despite what coaches hear at local clinic

Rules stay the same, despite what coaches hear at local clinic
Football means four quarters of action and a contest not being over until the clock reaches all zeroes on the scoreboard.

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

Thrashers re-sign Petrovicky

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.

El Nino conditions may be developing in the Pacific
WASHINGTON -- Warming water temperatures in the central equatorial Pacific last month may indicate the start of a new El Nino.

Tourists begin leaving Ocracoke Island so residents can repair damage
OCRACOKE, N.C. -- Tourists began leaving this Outer Banks community Thursday morning, clearing the way for crews to repair damage left by the stronger-than-expected Hurricane Alex.

Puppy love comes in all sorts of products
Write about puppies, and people think you're a sweet guy.

Authorities seek slaying suspect
A man wanted in connection with the slaying of his ex-girlfriend in Jenkins County this morning is believed to be hiding in the Augusta area, authorities said.

Authorities seek slaying suspect
A man wanted in connection with the slaying of his ex-girlfriend in Jenkins County this morning is believed to be hiding in the Augusta area, authorities said.

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'

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.

What will Kerry do as president?
Well, the Democratic convention's over, but the American public learned very little of what John Kerry's plans are for America if he is elected president. Some of his most glaring omissions include: Floyd Brown Evans

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

Bush is worse than terrorists
I do not consider myself a member of the rabid left. I am an 80-year-old who has always voted as a conservative Republican - but not this year. The record of President George W. Bush shows the following: Jack Walter Johnston, S.C.

Candidates, abandon dirty politics
This is for all candidates running for any office in the upcoming election in November: I am sick and tired of smear tactics. If they use them, I hope they backfire on them. Most people don't like it. Richard Mason Evans

Smoking ban infringes on our rights
I am amazed that the presumably conservative Columbia County Board of Commissioners say that "they have a mandate to protect the health of their citizens from smokers." Bob Waters Evans

Our legislators helped center

Layoffs show corporate indifference
Recently there has been a good deal of discussion in the area about local companies axing longtime employees to save a buck and help the quarterly earnings statement look good. Then these corporate Scrooges raise prices. At the plant level, management asks the troops for loyalty and productivity. Robert Cox North Augusta, S.C.

Bush fights terrorism and abortion
I was watching the Democratic Party's convention on television and every time ex-President Jimmy Carter opened his mouth, ignorance flew out. President George W. Bush has made no mistakes on his commitment to fight the war on terror. With all the terrorist activity in Iraq, there's no doubt he's hit the nail on the head. We are in a terrorists' homeland. I pray God will continue to bless our nation with four more years of President Bush as our Christian leader, so the fight can continue over there and not here. Terry Smith North Augusta, S.C.

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

Athletes can't use jets? Tough

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 fights terrorism and abortion

Road projects have been botched
I just got my July water bill, and in the accompanying newsletter was an "explanation" for the closure of Stevens Creek Road while Furys Ferry Road was still under construction. The article was written by Kevin Lear, Columbia County's director of construction and maintenance. Bill Valliant Martinez

The Winner's Circle: A ghostly warning

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

Unmanned combat jets fly under single operator's control

Saturn recalls more than 246,000 VUE sport utility vehicles

Biggest ever Windows upgrade gives security boost

Chevrolet SSR has old-style looks

Chrysler's new 300 helps turn focus back to its cars

FDA approves new antidepressant for adults

Brain study says early bird Archaeopteryx could fly

Microsoft urges automatic software update

The Winner's Circle: A ghostly warning
STORY SO FAR: While on a visit to a neighboring farm, Ben wonders about the mysterious Joe Pastore. He can't be the same person he met in the fog - because Joe Pastore is dead. At the same time, Ben is falling in love.

Chevrolet SSR has old-style looks
The 2004 Chevrolet SSR looks like a 1940s to 1950s pickup that has been lovingly turned into a one-of-a-kind, hot rod show truck.

Biggest ever Windows upgrade gives security boost
REDMOND, Wash. -- Almost since the day Microsoft Corp. released its Windows XP computer operating system nearly three years ago, it has been a favorite target of hackers and critics eager to stress its numerous security shortcomings.

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.

Chrysler's new 300 helps turn focus back to its cars
DETROIT - Ford Motor Co. is calling 2004 "the year of the car," and General Motors Corp. is touting several new sedans, but it's smaller rival Chrysler that's scoring big with a couple of new, uniquely styled models that are helping the company turn around its U.S. business.

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.

GM's finance arm receives final approval to do business in China
DETROIT -- The financial services arm of General Motors Corp. has received final approval from the Chinese government to offer automotive financing services - a move the company says will make it the first foreign business to do so in the country.

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.

Microsoft urges automatic software update
SEATTLE -- To help distribute its most comprehensive security update ever for the Windows operating system, Microsoft Corp. is asking hundreds of millions of users to turn on a function called "automatic updates."

Saturn recalls more than 246,000 VUE sport utility vehicles
DETROIT -- Saturn will voluntarily recall nearly all of its VUE sport utility vehicles, which regulators are investigating because the vehicle's rear suspension failed during two government rollover tests.

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.

County's virus is being routed
Columbia County officials continued to battle a computer virus Thursday that shut down all of the government's computers nearly a week ago. With a little help from Microsoft workers and a virus detection software company, though, officials said they had cleared a major hurdle toward recovery.

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

Authorities seek slaying suspect

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.

Custodian charged with stall peeping
A parolee working as a custodian at the Augusta Mall has been charged with peeping under a teenager's bathroom stall.

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.

Fox Creek gets touch of class
NORTH AUGUSTA - Derek Baldwin arrived at Fox Creek High School a half-hour before class began Thursday morning, giving him plenty of time to try out the combination on his fire engine red locker in the lunchroom.

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.

First day

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.

Across Georgia

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.

Pageant increases focus on interviews
The Miss Augusta Scholarship Pageant will celebrate its 30th anniversary Saturday as 10 contestants vie for the title.

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.

A call for local hiring
Moses Dunn, a member of Laborers Union 1137, demonstrates outside Savannah River Site at the Pecan Gate entrance. At least 10 trades protested plans to hire out-of-town contractors for the plant. About 60 people were at Thursday's protest.

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.

Residents of Olde Town obtain officials' backing
Olde Town residents who turned out Thursday to discuss their options for keeping a developer from turning the old Houghton School into a low-income apartment complex received strong promises of support from city officials.

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

Across South Carolina

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.

Authorities seek slaying suspect

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

Fort Gordon blacklists Augusta's Knights Inn

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.

Rants and raves
A LOT OF PEOPLE are saying we had idiots, thieves and liars in the last administration. I thought they were talking about Bush. Bush has gotten us where we need to be? That's silly. We don't need to be where we are now. We need to be where we were during the last eight years of the last administration.

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.

Man is acquitted in friend's death
A man who struck a longtime friend on the head with a golf club was acquitted of murder charges Thursday.

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
GREENVILLE - A disabled student says she was raped by two boys at Greenville County schools, according to a lawsuit.

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

Tax-free holiday returns
AIKEN - The estimated $2.3 million shoppers saved during last year's three-day "sales tax holiday" in South Carolina was money that never made into the coffers of a cash-strapped state.

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

Higher rates target deficit
Augusta residents can look for their garbage rates to go up next year by as much at $45, from the current $195 a year to $240.

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.

Girl accused in grandparents' deaths had 'kill' on to-do list
FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. - Kill, keys, money, jewelry.

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.

Church tries to recover after flooding
GREENVILLE, S.C. - In a room beneath the Full Gospel Missionary Baptist Church, flies swarm to the stench of 1,500 pounds of rotting food that was supposed to feed nearly 170 families.

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

Fox Creek gets touch of class

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

Residents of Olde Town obtain officials' backing

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

Tax-free holiday returns

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.

Herring deaths prompt shutoff

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

Blacks gain in buying power

Fire kills Summerville resident

Kid of the day

Across the Georgia

Schools rush to get ready

Across the area

News you can use
AUG. 6, 1987 A convenience store clerk was in good condition at an area hospital Wednesday after being attacked with a machete during a robbery earlier in the day.

3 bishops create pact to bar Kerry from communion

Man pleads guilty in throat cutting
A man caught in the act of cutting a woman's throat pleaded guilty Thursday.

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

Herring deaths prompt shutoff
Hydropower generation at Thurmond Dam was halted briefly this week after thousands of blueback herring were sucked into turbine intakes and killed, according to the Army Corps of Engineers.

Kid of the day

Across the area
A Richmond County sheriff's deputy was fired Thursday, one day after he was indicted on sexual assault charges.

Residents to protest Olde Town plan

Summer heat will relent; lows tonight may hit 50s
Get ready to open the windows and turn off the fans.

Schools hire staffers to meet demands

First day
Tremayne Bradshaw, a sixth-grader at Thomson Middle School, looks for his locker on the first day of school in McDuffie County. Superintendent Mark Petersen said the day went smoothly.

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.

Dogfighting case yields arrest
AIKEN - In what is believed to be one of the first cases of its kind in Aiken County, one man has been arrested and another is being sought in a case of fighting pit bull terriers in a backyard arena.

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

Correction
An article that appeared in Wednesday's edition of The Augusta Chronicle about allegations against the principal of the Midland Valley Preparatory School, one of two public charter schools in Aiken County, contained an error. The Aiken County school board voted to recommend to the charter school board that Lilian Thomas be suspended with pay. The Chronicle regrets the error.

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.

Smoking ban moves forward
A first step toward a smoking ban in Columbia County's public places received the green light Thursday, but it didn't come without some opposition.

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Two is better than one
Baba Ganoush (right) plays with her cloned sibling, Tabouli, in San Francisco. The kittens are the first two cats cloned by chromatin transfer. The new pet-cloning procedure will be made available to the public and will cost $50,000.

Across Georgia

Pool hall drug bust leads to five arrests
Police arrested five people in a drug bust outside of a south Augusta pool hall early Thursday.

Aide questioned legality of cockfighting pit

Piano legend plans show for Carter's 80th
ATLANTA - Former President Jimmy Carter will spend part of his 80th birthday watching another rising octogenarian try to reach a personal milestone.

News you can use

News you can use

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.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the is Savion T.C.M.M. Avery, 2 months, of Augusta.

Regents approve plan for MCG class via Web

Across the area

Across the area

A call for local hiring

Two is better than one

Church tries to recover after flooding

Correction

Pageant increases focus on interviews

Deputy faces four charges in sex assault

Pool hall drug bust leads to five arrests

Around town

County's virus is being routed

Police say teenagers planned knife attack

Girl accused in grandparents' deaths had 'kill' on to-do list

Caterer is eager to feed Cheney

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - Most Georgia inmates infected with hepatitis B got the virus in prison, prompting state health officials on Thursday to again call for vaccinating convicts.

Protesters draw SLED to Williston

Schools rush to get ready
Construction workers are racing to finish several Richmond County schools in time for the start of classes Monday.

Bulldogs blindsided by ruling
Let's review some lessons learned from the Jim Harrick and Son scandal.

Flicks

At the Movies: 'De-Lovely'
What a horrible irony that "De-Lovely," the story of Cole Porter, should be so off-key.

At the Movies: 'Little Black Book'

Flicks
Movies are listed with theater locations through Wednesday.

At the Movies: 'Open Water'

At the Movies: 'Little Black Book'
Is it possible to make a romantic comedy in which every single character is despicable - we're talking bereft of even a shred of redeeming value - and still charm audiences?

At the Movies: 'Collateral'

Period costumes are delightful, delicious in 'De-Lovely'

At the Movies: 'De-Lovely'

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

At the Movies: 'Open Water'
Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water comes "Open Water," the bare-bones story of a young married couple left stranded in the middle of the ocean while scuba diving on vacation.

Period costumes are delightful, delicious in 'De-Lovely'
NEW YORK -- Sure, Cole Porter was a musical genius. But his wardrobe of dapper slim suits adorned with boutonnieres and color-coordinated ties certainly helped him earn his place on the A-list of the 1930s.

At the Movies: 'Collateral'
When Tom Cruise is good, he's very, very good. But when he's bad, he's better.

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

Springsteen, Dixie Chicks, Pearl Jam stumping against Bush

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.

Loveless stays motivated because of her loyal fans

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

Top 20 Concert Tours

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

'Chronicle' needs music from local artists

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

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

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

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.

Harvick pins hopes on Bricks
INDIANAPOLIS - As a kid growing up in the same hometown as Rick Mears, there was no bigger goal for Kevin Harvick than someday racing at the storied Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

NASCAR getting bulky new car ready for racing

And The Chase Is On

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.

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

Harvick pins hopes on Bricks

Johnson is first to feel heat of Helton

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."

Mexico City will see Busch series
NASCAR confirmed Thursday it is heading south of the border, bringing the Busch series into Mexico City next season for the first international points-paying event in more than 50 years.

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.

Mexico City will see Busch series

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

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.

Pistons deal Williamson for Coleman and McCaskill

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.

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

Hawks, Mavs agree to four-player deal

Wolves match Blazers' offer for Hassell, Hudson still waiting

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
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.

Spurs sign Massenburg, re-sign Marks

Carter released by Cowboys, Brown cut by Raiders

Sanders can't elude Hall of Fame

Cowboys controlled by veteran

Owners are facing plenty of questions for upcoming year

Huard leaves practice with tight back

Starks' family heritage enhances his first NFL season

Dirty Birds already fight for respect

Roethlisberger shows no hesitancy during first Steelers practice

Pair of pass-catchers claw for final spots

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U.S. now faces defending world champs
BELGRADE, Serbia-Montenegro - After two games of their pre-Olympic swing through Europe, it's already clear that the U.S. men's basketball team lacks experience, doesn't have many great shooters, isn't all that tall and is a month behind the competition in terms of preparation.

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.

Bent over backwards
Young Greek gymnasts practice in the warm-up hall of the gymnastics venue in Athens, Greece, as they get ready for a gala performance to be held later this month. In Athens, preparations continue for the 2004 Olympic Games.

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.

Fab Five of U.S. women's soccer back for one last hurrah
NEA IONIA, Greece -- Kristine Lilly's fingernails are red and blue - she couldn't find any white polish. Brandi Chastain is as intense as ever, sweating through a drill in the midday sun long after teammates quit. Joy Fawcett is 10 time zones away from her three kids.

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.

Athens' closing ceremony: traditional dances and the galaxy
ATHENS, Greece -- The closing ceremony of the Athens Olympics will include traditional Greek dances and a wedding, along with light-carrying performers dressed in black to symbolize the galaxy, The Associated Press has learned.

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

Fab Five of U.S. women's soccer back for one last hurrah

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.

Athens' closing ceremony: traditional dances and the galaxy

Area announcements

Overtime

Sarafan wins Del Mar feature

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

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

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.

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.

Sanders can't elude Hall of Fame
DETROIT - When Barry Sanders gets his first glimpse of the sea of gold blazers at the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Sunday, it might make him want to do something he hasn't done in five years.

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.

Starks' family heritage enhances his first NFL season
LATROBE, Pa. - For nearly three-quarters of his life, Max Starks had no idea he was a member of one of America's most famous football families.

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.

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

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.

Dirty Birds already fight for respect
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Atlanta Falcons are determined to earn respect around the NFL, and they showed Thursday morning they won't be backing down from anyone.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Cowboys controlled by veteran
OXNARD, Calif. - Vinny Testaverde reunited with Bill Parcells hoping to be a starter again. Now the 40-year-old quarterback is back in his favorite spot.

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.

Bulldogs blindsided by ruling

Actress saves otherwise drab story

HBO producing series on polygamous family
SALT LAKE CITY -- Think Tony Soprano, but without all the violence or swearing - and with a wife who doesn't care if he sleeps with other women.

Ratings for basic cable networks

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

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.

Government gives nod to new TiVo feature

Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit Issue going prime time

Ratings for basic cable networks
Rankings for the top 15 programs on basic cable networks as compiled by Nielsen Media Research for the week of July 26-Aug. 1. Each ratings point represents 1,084,000 households. Day and start time (EDT) are in parentheses.

Bill Pullman commands aircraft carrier in 'Tiger Cruise'
LOS ANGELES -- Bill Pullman makes an odd noise as he tries to approximate the "huge racket" that occurs on an aircraft carrier.

Four-part BBC documentary traces history of country music
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- When Country Music Television airs a four-part documentary on the history of the genre, narrator Lyle Lovett will be watching - from his mom's couch.

Four-part BBC documentary traces history of country music

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."

Bill Pullman commands aircraft carrier in 'Tiger Cruise'

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.

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

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

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Ralph Fiennes to play nemesis in next 'Harry Potter' movie

Serious hiking awaits at Table Rock Mountain

Edie Falco reported healthy after breast cancer treatment

Owners can show off their stuff for the car show

People in the News

Club calendar

Tallulah Gorge falls silent but still draws sightseers

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

Georgia not safe until '09
ATHENS, Ga. - The University of Georgia was placed on four years probation Thursday for rules violations under former coach Jim Harrick involving academic fraud, unethical conduct and improper benefits in the men's basketball program.

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.

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

Odds and Ends

Camper dies in New Hampshire after bear scare

Odds and Ends

El Nino conditions may be developing in the Pacific

Tourists begin leaving Ocracoke Island so residents can repair damage