Shakespeare, Harry Potter among works re-read most often

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.

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

Arts calendar

'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.

Pamela Anderson becomes novelist - with a little help

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

Myers sent to Boston for player to be named or cash

Indians acquire Phelps from Blue Jays
CHICAGO -- The Cleveland Indians acquired designated hitter-first baseman Josh Phelps from the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday for Triple-A first baseman Eric Crozier.

Maddux tries again for 300th win against Giants
SAN FRANCISCO -- Greg Maddux appeared relaxed all week, as if the major milestone he's about to add to his impeccable resume was just a distant thought.

Indians acquire Phelps from Blue Jays

Thomas out for season, Ordonez might be, too
CHICAGO -- Frank Thomas is out for the rest of the season and Magglio Ordonez might be, too.

Obermueller recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis

Colorado deals Walker
ST. LOUIS - Star outfielder Larry Walker was traded from the Colorado Rockies to the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday night for minor league pitcher Jason Burch and two players to be named.

New bonds drive local team

Obermueller recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis
MIAMI -- Right-hander Wes Obermueller was recalled Friday by the Milwaukee Brewers from Triple-A Indianapolis and is scheduled to start Saturday at Florida.

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.

Baseball concentrating attention on Northern Virginia, Washington
NEW YORK -- Major league executives planning the move of the Montreal Expos have spent most of the past two months concentrating on the bids of Northern Virginia and downtown Washington, a top baseball official said Friday.

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

New bonds drive local team
It started with a three-hour bus trip across the state of Georgia. The group of South Augusta All-Stars, made up of players from different backgrounds, began talking to each other about topics like girls and summer movies.

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

Thomas out for season, Ordonez might be, too

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.

Maddux tries again for 300th win against Giants

Aiken falls short, but exceeds expectations

Injury question plagues Nomar

Myers sent to Boston for player to be named or cash
SEATTLE -- The Seattle Mariners traded left-handed reliever Mike Myers to the Boston Red Sox on Friday for a player to be named or cash.

Odds and Ends
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- Myrtle Beach might want to consider a name change - to Turtle Beach.

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.

Braves polish off Diamondbacks
PHOENIX -- Jaret Wright extended his career-best winning streak to eight games and Adam LaRoche hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the sixth inning, leading the Atlanta Braves over the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-2 Friday night.

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.

Braves continue winning in desert
PHOENIX - The dry desert air could have accounted for it, if not for the closed roof and climate-controlled confines of Bank One Ballpark.

Braves' Giles delivers in clutch

Estrada chosen for tour of Japan
PHOENIX, Ariz. - Johnny Estrada made one of the few rookie mistakes of his first full season in the majors before Friday's game.

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

A bittersweet ending

Kodak gains ground on Sony in U.S. consumer digital camera market
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- After a slow start, Eastman Kodak Co. is steadily gaining ground on front-runner Sony Corp. in the burgeoning U.S. digital camera market and opening up a lead on Canon, Olympus and other Japanese rivals.

Consumer confidence surges to highest level since January
WASHINGTON -- Consumer confidence surged during the past month to its highest level since the beginning of the year, with Americans feeling better about their own finances and more optimistic about the future despite renewed terror threats and rising oil prices.

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.

Consumer confidence surges to highest level since January

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

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.

Campbell: Three-year plan changed company during rough period

Weekly U.S. rig count up by six
HOUSTON -- The number of rigs actively exploring for oil and natural gas in the United States rose by six this week to 1,235.

European Central Bank leaves rates unchanged

Weekly U.S. rig count up by six

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.

Life after bankruptcy: Dan River will face tougher climate

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.

Government holding millions in unclaimed pension benefits

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

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.

Jobless claims drop last week

Court rules seizure of shares in major Yukos subsidiary illegal
MOSCOW -- A Moscow court late Friday handed the struggling oil giant Yukos a significant victory by ruling that bailiffs' seizure of a key subsidiary was illegal.

Business briefs

Hamburger chain lowers number of expected restaurant openings
OAK BROOK, Ill -- Fast-food giant McDonald's Corp., in its quarterly filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, lowered the number of full-menu restaurants it plans to open this year to 500 from 550.

Authority lobbies for parking study

Consumer borrowing increases, but at slower pace
WASHINGTON -- Consumers stepped up their borrowing in June, though at a slower pace than seen during the previous month, the Federal Reserve reported Friday.

Oil prices zoom higher as Russian supply concerns return

Court rules seizure of shares in major Yukos subsidiary illegal

Crude prices soar, then fall on profit-taking

Payroll growth slows dramatically in July

Government holding millions in unclaimed pension benefits
NEW YORK -- The government is holding some $75 million in unclaimed pension benefits for thousands of Americans.

Tariff little comfort to struggling Texas shrimpers

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.

Kodak gains ground on Sony in U.S. consumer digital camera market

A bittersweet ending
One of Augusta's oldest locally owned businesses is turning off its ovens.

Hamburger chain lowers number of expected restaurant openings

Payroll growth slows dramatically in July
WASHINGTON --The nation's payroll growth slowed dramatically in July with a paltry 32,000 jobs being added- a potentially troubling sign that the rough patch the economy hit in June was no aberration.

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.

Crude prices soar, then fall on profit-taking
LONDON -- Crude futures soared briefly to new heights Friday on worries of a possible shortfall in crude supplies but later fell as many traders overcame their fears and cashed in with a wave of profit-taking.

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.

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.

Tariff little comfort to struggling Texas shrimpers
ARROYO CITY, Texas -- When a rare virus hit his shrimp ponds this year, Fritz Jaenike feared the disease might decimate the crop as it did in many South Texas farms in 1995.

Life after bankruptcy: Dan River will face tougher climate
RICHMOND, Va. -- Beleaguered textile maker Dan River Inc. hopes to emerge from bankruptcy protection by year's end - just as quotas providing some protection from imports are set to expire.

Clark Atlanta football has nothing to lose
ATLANTA -- Tayrone Odums believes the Clark Atlanta football program has nothing to lose.

Auburn opens preseason with high hopes, less hype
AUBURN, Ala. -- Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville stood before the media this time last year and answered a steady stream of talk about the national and Southeastern Conference championships.

Players report for school, jail
AUSTIN, Texas - Texas senior running back Cedric Benson was sentenced to eight days in jail after pleading no contest Friday to misdemeanor criminal trespassing for forcing his way into an apartment in 2003.

Clark Atlanta football has nothing to lose

Bournes dismissed from Ole Miss team; Pittman receives six-game suspension
OXFORD, Miss. -- Mississippi running back Jamal Pittman was suspended for at least six games and linebacker Ken Bournes was dismissed from the team Friday, two days after they pleaded guilty to misdemeanors in a gun possession case.

Players report for school, jail

Auburn opens preseason with high hopes, less hype

Leader takes a chance at title

The next great challenge
What if Iran had the bomb?

Free meals are a bad idea

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

Free meals are a bad idea
No one argues that children don't do better in school if they're eating healthy meals. Of course that's true. It doesn't take a government study to prove that good nutrition contributes to improved academic performance and that hungry children don't score as well - and, indeed, can become behavior problems. That's just plain common sense.

Bush on board?
Despite George W. Bush's opposition to U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham's bipartisan legislation to improve health care benefits for Reservists and National Guard members, the South Carolina lawmaker is confident the president will eventually sign on.

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.

The next great challenge

Bush on board?

People in the News
COVENTRY, Vt. -- Promoters of Phish's farewell festival next week are renting a local radio station to broadcast the music and provide traffic updates.

St. Patrick's Cathedral shock jocks return to satellite radio
NEW YORK -- Shock jocks Opie and Anthony are returning to the airwaves.

Hollywood Hills home of Paris and Nicky Hilton burglarized
LOS ANGELES -- Police confirmed Friday they were investigating a burglary at the Hollywood Hills home of Paris and Nicky Hilton.

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

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.

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

Tokyo stocks end at 2-month low
TOKYO -- Tokyo's best-known stock index fell to a two-month low Friday over investors' concerns about higher oil prices and Wall Street's tumble in the previous session. The U.S. dollar was up against the Japanese yen.

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.

Money funds rose in latest week

Stocks drop on weak jobs report
NEW YORK -- The Dow Jones industrial average fell to a new 2004 low Friday as investors bailed out of stocks in the wake of a disappointing jobs report and continuing high oil prices. The Nasdaq composite index and Standard & Poor's 500 also marked new year-to-date lows for the second straight session.

MCI loses money, but not as much as expected

Tokyo stocks end at 2-month low

Pixar profits jump on "Finding Nemo" video sales

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.

Stocks drop on weak jobs report

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.

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

Pixar profits jump on "Finding Nemo" video sales
LOS ANGELES -- Pixar Animation Studios reported stronger-than-expected second-quarter earnings Thursday, fueled by worldwide home video sales of last year's animated fish tale, "Finding Nemo."

MCI loses money, but not as much as expected
McLEAN, Va. -- MCI Inc. lost $71 million in the three months ended in June, its first quarter since the former WorldCom emerged from bankruptcy after the biggest accounting scandal in history. But the quarterly performance was better than expected, and the telecommunications company announced a sizable cash dividend for stockholders.

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.

Bonds soar on weak employment report
NEW YORK -- Bond prices soared Friday as skimpy job growth in July caused investors to doubt the strength of the economic recovery.

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.

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

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.

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
To most people, an apple core or an orange or banana peel are unwanted remains, the mere useless ends of a healthful snack.

Gardeners create compost for healthier soil and environment

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

Oleander pruning depends on shrub's desired size

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

Stadler, Purtzer share lead after first round at 3M Championship
BLAINE, Minn. -- Craig Stadler spent Friday doing what he loves to do best - watching his putts disappear into the cup.

Putting on a show

Stadler, Purtzer share lead after first round at 3M Championship

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

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.

Moodie and Morgan share second-round lead as Sorenstam fails to make a move

Putting on a show
CASTLE ROCK, Colo. - Chris DiMarco's goal this week at The International is simple: wave to the crowd without playing the final hole.

Moodie and Morgan share second-round lead as Sorenstam fails to make a move
STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- Janice Moodie of Scotland and Becky Morgan of Wales shot 2-under 70s for the second straight day Friday for a share of the lead halfway through the HP Open.

Georgia AP high school football poll

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

Georgia AP high school football poll
The Associated Press pre-season high school football polls, with first-place votes in parentheses and total points. Most teams will start their seasons Aug. 20. CLASS AAAAA

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.

Hull signs two-year contract with Coyotes
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Brett Hull, third on the NHL's career goals list, signed a two-year contract with the Phoenix Coyotes on Friday.

Hurricanes sign two rookie goaltenders
RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Carolina Hurricanes signed rookie goalies Rob Zepp and Craig Kowalski Friday after releasing two veteran goaltenders in the offseason.

Handzus signs three-year contract with Flyers
PHILADELPHIA -- Center Michal Handzus avoided arbitration and signed a three-year contract with the Philadelphia Flyers on Friday.

Handzus signs three-year contract with Flyers

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.

Gas leak closes part of Wrightsboro Road
Richmond County authorities have shut down a central Augusta road after a mid afternoon gas leak at an Augusta home .

Zell Miller will face consequences
U.S. Sen. Zell Miller's, D-Ga., "divorce" from the Democratic Party should come as no surprise. A lot of folks have questioned his position as one of the Bush administration's strongest allies in Congress, and criticized him for touting the GOP line on the talk-show circuit. David Lorenzatti McCormick, S.C.

Cockfighting should be legal
Wayne Pacelle, president of the Humane Society of the United States, is a slick fund-raiser, a fanatic and a liar. Wayne Pacelle spearheads a unique campaign in animal rights, the extermination of gamefowl. He protects them by killing them. The weeping puppy should be replaced with the clubbed gamecock. Lind Weber Mitchell

Bush fights terrorism and abortion

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

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.

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.

We need a James Brown museum

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

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

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

We need a James Brown museum
State Sen. Don Cheeks, R-Augusta, is a good, trustworthy and law-abiding man. For anyone to suggest that his offer to donate prime real estate on James Brown Boulevard for a proposed James Brown museum is anything less than honorable is sadly misguided. Rick Ward Augusta

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.

Learn facts on assault weapons ban
I read with great amusement a letter by Barbara Thurmond on July 30 regarding the need to renew the current assault weapons ban. According to Ms. Thurmond, "the AK-47, Tec-9 and the Uzi will be legal in this country and readily available in our neighborhoods." Chris Smith Minneapolis

Zell Miller will face consequences

Certain genes make it easier for some people to fight hepatitis C

Ford unveils world's first gas-electric hybrid SUV

Californians heighten precautions against West Nile virus

Biggest ever Windows upgrade gives security boost

Study: Low 'good' cholesterol might signal breast cancer risk

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

Study: Eating lots of carbs may raise the risk of breast cancer

Human mad cow infection may be more widespread

The Winner's Circle: A ghostly warning

Group alleges delayed reports of Crestor side effects

Chevrolet SSR has old-style looks

Microsoft urges automatic software update

Saturn recalls more than 246,000 VUE sport utility vehicles

Californians heighten precautions against West Nile virus
GRAND TERRACE, Calif. -- Californians are spraying pesticide around their homes, calling the kids and dogs in at dusk and replacing ratty old window screens - all prevention methods to combat a scourge the rest of the nation knows only too well: the West Nile virus.

Group alleges delayed reports of Crestor side effects
WASHINGTON -- A drug company illegally delayed reporting side effects linked to its anti-cholesterol drug Crestor, a consumer advocate contended Tuesday in urging a Food and Drug Administration investigation.

Study: Low 'good' cholesterol might signal breast cancer risk
WASHINGTON -- Overweight women with low levels of the so-called good cholesterol seem to have a higher risk of postmenopausal breast cancer, Norwegian researchers reported Tuesday.

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.

Microsoft releases broad security update for Windows XP
REDMOND, Wash. -- Microsoft Corp. released a long-awaited security update for Windows XP computers on Friday, a response to the growing number of security shortcomings in the market-dominant operating system.

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.

Study: Eating lots of carbs may raise the risk of breast cancer
High-carb diets may increase more than just waistlines. New research suggests they might raise the risk of breast cancer.

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.

Certain genes make it easier for some people to fight hepatitis C
WASHINGTON -- Scientists may have figured out why some people infected with liver-destroying hepatitis C essentially cure themselves: Their genes seem to unleash a faster immune attack.

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.

Human mad cow infection may be more widespread
LONDON -- Scientists have found evidence suggesting that the human form of mad cow disease might be infecting a wider group of people than seen so far and that some may develop a milder form of the illness.

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.

Ford unveils world's first gas-electric hybrid SUV
CLAYCOMO, Mo. -- The Ford Motor Co. kicked off formal production Thursday of a hybrid version of its Escape SUV, the world's first gas-electric hybrid sports utility vehicle and the first hybrid vehicle produced by an American automaker.

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.

Suspect sought in death

Pageant increases focus on interviews

County's virus is being routed

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.

UGA's southern campus is popular with students
TIFTON, Ga. - Students at the University of Georgia's 1-year-old southern campus say the location is perfect for those who want to earn four-year degrees without leaving family and friends or giving up home cooking.

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.

Boy returns to normalcy

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

Herring deaths prompt shutoff

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

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.

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.

Across the area
An Aiken man sought in connection with an alleged dogfighting pit near Jackson surrendered to sheriff's officials Friday morning.

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

Across the area

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

News you can use

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.

Two is better than one

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.

Tax-free holiday returns

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

Residents of Olde Town obtain officials' backing

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.

Auction of 440 letters stopped by state's suit
COLUMBIA - One day before a rare collection of letters from the Civil War were to be auctioned off, the state got an order to stop the bidding and filed a lawsuit to recover them.

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.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Tylan Ri'Chard Howard, 3, Augusta.

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.

Across South Carolina
ORANGEBURG - A former Orangeburg County sheriff's officer says he was forced to campaign for his boss' re-election while on duty and has asked the State Ethics Commission to investigate.

Schools rush to get ready

Justice says ethics is serious business

Across Georgia

Board assures school safety

Kid of the day

Stalking suspect is denied bond

Skycap service to end
In less than two weeks, skycap service will no longer be an option for passengers at Augusta Regional Airport.

Across the area

Boy returns to normalcy
Pupils go to school for an education, but seventh-grader Peter Kwon learned some hard lessons long before he entered the doors of Riverside Middle School.

Correction

Police want help identifying cigarette thief
Police are asking for the public's help in identifying a man connected to a rash of smash-and-grab burglaries and cigarette thefts from the same two convenience stores in Augusta.

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

Board assures school safety
Despite construction concerns, two Richmond County elementary schools will be open when the bell rings Monday.

Pool hall drug bust leads to five arrests

Men stay jailed in home invasion
Two men allegedly caught in the midst of an armed home invasion were denied release on bond Friday.

A call for local hiring

Across South Carolina
ORANGEBURG - A former Orangeburg County sheriff's officer says he was forced to campaign for his boss' re-election while on duty and has asked the State Ethics Commission to investigate.

First day

Man's art feeds his love of bikes
CLEARWATER - When Eddie Redd wants to find inner peace, he goes to his motorcycle workshop.

Gas leak closes part of Wrightsboro Road

Suspect sought in death
A man wanted in connection with the Friday morning slaying of his ex-girlfriend in Jenkins County is believed to be hiding in the Augusta area, authorities said.

Police are watching armor suit
AIKEN - Aiken County and South Carolina officials are "closely monitoring" a lawsuit filed against the makers of a bulletproof vest widely used by Aiken sheriff's deputies.

Drug investigations yield arrests
Narcotics agents have concluded investigations on the seizure of several ounces of cocaine and the arrests of two men.

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.

Stalking suspect is denied bond
A man accused of violating a domestic violence protective order an hour after it was signed lost a request for bond Friday.

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.

High ozone levels detected this week
Hot, stagnant air and high humidity helped create excessive levels of ground-level ozone in Augusta this week, according to Georgia's Environmental Protection Division.

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.

Rants and raves
I WAS READING the comment in the paper of Aug. 5 from someone that said you can't be a Christian if you are a Democrat. I don't know where she got her beliefs from, but I've never known any Republicans who were Christians. Certainly the one sitting on the throne is not a Christian, even though he claims to be, because the things he does aren't what a Christian would do.

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.

Three are charged after raid on house

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

Across Georgia
WASHINGTON - Georgia Sen. Saxby Chambliss had surgery this week for prostate cancer and expects to make a full recovery, he said Friday.

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.

Across the area
An Aiken man sought in connection with an alleged dogfighting pit near Jackson surrendered to sheriff's officials Friday morning.

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.

Parkways planned for Aiken
AIKEN - A document outlining ways to improve and maintain downtown Aiken and surrounding neighborhoods goes before the city council for review Monday night.

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

Contested Appeals Court vote upheld
MARIETTA, Ga. - The outcome of the state Court of Appeals election will stand, as a judge threw out a challenge Friday by third-place finisher Howard Mead.

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.

Justice says ethics is serious business
ATLANTA - Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer said Friday that legal leaders must deal with serious questions about judges' ethics without getting distracted by jokes about ducks.

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.

News you can use
AUG. 7, 1953 Two indictments in the often violent Augusta bus strike were returned yesterday by the Richmond County grand jury against two striking drivers who are accused of assault with intent to murder.

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
WASHINGTON - Georgia Sen. Saxby Chambliss had surgery this week for prostate cancer and expects to make a full recovery, he said Friday.

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.

Across South Carolina

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.

Police are watching armor suit

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

Contested Appeals Court vote upheld

Fox Creek gets touch of class

Auction of 440 letters stopped by state's suit

Across the area

Kid of the day

Across South Carolina

Rants and raves
I WAS READING the comment in the paper of Aug. 5 from someone that said you can't be a Christian if you are a Democrat. I don't know where she got her beliefs from, but I've never known any Republicans who were Christians. Certainly the one sitting on the throne is not a Christian, even though he claims to be, because the things he does aren't what a Christian would do.

News you can use

Across Georgia

Authorities seek slaying suspect

Parkways planned for Aiken

Church tries to recover after flooding

Authorities seek slaying suspect

UGA's southern campus is popular with students

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

At the Movies: 'De-Lovely'

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

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: '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.

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: 'Little Black Book'

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

At the Movies: 'Collateral'

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: 'Open Water'

47th Grammys to be held in Los Angeles

47th Grammys to be held in Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES -- The Grammys will be held in Los Angeles for a second consecutive year.

Funk legend Rick James dies in Los Angeles

Latin Alternative music building a fan base beyond the sight of many marketers
SAN DIEGO -- The biggest names in Latin music may come from the well-defined worlds of polished pop, tropical salsa, or the accordion-infused rhythms of Mexican regional.

Funk legend Rick James dies in Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES -- Funk legend Rick James, best known for the 1981 hit "Super Freak" before his career collapsed in a cloud of violent drug charges, died Friday. He was 56.

Latin Alternative music building a fan base beyond the sight of many marketers

Hitting the bricks helped sport
SPEEDWAY, Ind. - There have been many milestones in the history of stock car racing, but Mark Martin points to an August afternoon in 1994 as the most significant - the day NASCAR started racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Junqueira hopes he isn't bidding farewell to favorite track

Safety patrol worker killed in motor scooter crash

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.

Brickyard could be pivotal race in title chase
INDIANAPOLIS -- The money is big and the prestige for winning the Brickyard 400 at historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway even bigger.

Brickyard could be pivotal race in title chase

Daytona International fined by OSHA in February track death
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Daytona International Speedway LLC was fined by OSHA Friday for alleged safety violations that resulted in the death of a track worker during a February race.

Harvick pins hopes on Bricks

Hitting the bricks helped sport

Safety patrol worker killed in motor scooter crash
INDIANAPOLIS -- A longtime member of the track safety patrol died Friday of injuries sustained when he lost control of his motor scooter and crashed into a concrete barrier in the infield at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Mexico City will see Busch series

Junqueira hopes he isn't bidding farewell to favorite track
ELKHART LAKE, Wis. -- Bruno Junqueira has a passion for Road America, the challenging road course that weaves through four miles of Wisconsin's postcard countryside.

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.

Payton goes to Celtics as Lakers rebuild
BOSTON -- The Los Angeles Lakers resumed their makeover Friday by trading Gary Payton and Rick Fox to the Boston Celtics for Chucky Atkins, Marcus Banks and Chris Mihm.

Payton goes to Celtics as Lakers rebuild

Dirty Birds already fight for respect

Muhammad to be held out of practices

Volek doesn't regret decision to sign with Titans instead of Atlanta

Vick doesn't want people thinking he's suddenly injury prone

Cowboys controlled by veteran

MRI shows bruised left knee for tight end

Starks' family heritage enhances his first NFL season

Sanders can't elude Hall of Fame

Giants looking forward to hitting someone else

Saints sign second-round pick

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United States shocks Serbia-Montenegro

Haywood loses bid for Olympics on judge's ruling

United States shocks Serbia-Montenegro
BELGRADE, Serbia-Montenegro -- Perhaps the worst is already in the past for the U.S. Olympic men's basketball team.

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.

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.

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.

Haywood loses bid for Olympics on judge's ruling
Sue Haywood's effort to be restored to the U.S. Olympic women's mountain biking team ended Friday in Denver, where a federal judge denied her request to have a second arbiter decide who should race in Athens.

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.

Greeks say they have resolved many Olympic security problems
ATHENS, Greece -- With the Summer Games just a week away, Greek officials say they have overcome snags in implementing the most elaborate security plan in Olympic history.

Athens' closing ceremony: traditional dances and the galaxy

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

Cocky Democrats had better look elsewhere for those electoral votes
According to political pundits who get paid big bucks to know this stuff, the Kerry-Edwards team has pretty much written off the state of Georgia as they begin their campaign for the White House. One political writer put it this way: "There's not a snowball's chance that the Democrats are going to give much time or attention to the state."

Cocky Democrats had better look elsewhere for those electoral votes
According to political pundits who get paid big bucks to know this stuff, the Kerry-Edwards team has pretty much written off the state of Georgia as they begin their campaign for the White House. One political writer put it this way: "There's not a snowball's chance that the Democrats are going to give much time or attention to the state."

Overtime

Overtime
A 15-year-old football player died Friday from a heat stroke suffered Wednesday after practice in Columbia.

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.

Dolphins' Boston injures knee
HOUSTON -- Miami Dolphins wide receiver David Boston injured his left knee Friday during a joint workout with the Houston Texans.

Jets sign veteran OL Pete Kendall
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- The New York Jets signed veteran guard Pete Kendall on Friday to help shore up their offensive line.

Defensive tackle may miss season with foot injury
MACOMB, Ill. -- Jimmy Kennedy, the St. Louis Rams' No. 1 draft pick in 2003, broke his right foot during training camp and could miss the entire season.

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.

Former NFL star Sharpe in court for removing child's mother from his home
ATLANTA -- Shannon Sharpe appeared in court Friday on misdemeanor simple battery charges for removing the mother of one of his children from his home.

MRI shows bruised left knee for tight end
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Atlanta tight end Alge Crumpler had a test Friday on his aching left knee, and the MRI showed a bruise that will keep him out of Saturday's scrimmage with the Tennessee Titans.

Muhammad to be held out of practices
Carolina wide receiver Muhsin Muhammad has a compound fracture of his right ring finger that is expected to keep him out of several practices.

Volek doesn't regret decision to sign with Titans instead of Atlanta
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Billy Volek stood in for the starting quarterback Friday morning, tossing passes all over the field. The Tennessee Titans are very happy he's in their backfield and not with the Atlanta Falcons on the other side.

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.

Vick doesn't want people thinking he's suddenly injury prone
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Michael Vick doesn't understand all the fuss over his sore right hamstring. Neither does his new coach, Jim Mora.

Saints sign second-round pick
NEW ORLEANS -- Saints second-round pick Devery Henderson signed a four-year deal with the team Friday, ending his holdout from training camp.

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.

Giants looking forward to hitting someone else
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Eli Manning will get his first chance to show what he can do against another team when the Giants and Jets hold two practices at the University at Albany on Saturday.

A noted TV physician figures God's existence is scientifically likely
It's not every day that a book about God is recommended by a TV news anchor such as Ted Koppel and by the dean of Harvard's medical school.

Faith calendar
The Faith Calendar is a roundup of church and temple activities. Space is limited. Deadline is noon Monday. Send items to virginia.norton@augusta chronicle.com. Send a fax to 722-7403 or mail to Faith Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle Newsroom, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

Church bolsters children's ministry with workshop
Debbie Williams carved sculptures from plastic foam. From golden cherubim to a life-size camel, her works are part of an interactive Scripture-learning environment, The Upper Room, at First Baptist Church of Augusta.

People mature in faith must pass on knowledge
In First Timothy, the Apostle Paul admonishes his young colleague Timothy to avoid people who subscribe to false teachings just as he would a deadly disease.

Religion News in Brief
VATICAN CITY -- Pope John Paul II said the attacks on five Roman Catholic churches in Iraq during worship services were deplorable and he offered his solidarity to faithful there.

The Church of the Good Shepherd will give its eight bells real workout
The occasional dong of a ringing bell has drifted from The Epicscopal Church of the Good Shepherd the past two weeks as workers positioned about 3 tons of bells and steel framing in their tower, but the bells will get a robust ring at 11 a.m. today by veteran ringers from Atlanta.

Faith digest
The Augusta Children's Ringers,a community bell and chime choir, want to sign up youngsters in the fourth through seven grades..

More Episcopal dioceses conducting blessing ceremonies for gay couples
A vote last year that seemed like a defeat for gays in the Episcopal Church has, in a twist, led to an increasing number of dioceses developing just what advocates wanted - official services for same-sex unions.

Bulldogs blindsided by ruling

Clinton to appear on 'Daily Show,' but he's skipping 'SNL'
NEW YORK -- Bill Clinton has been all over television promoting his new book. But one show he won't be visiting is "Saturday Night Live."

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.

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.

Live broadcasts bring concerns for some X Games athletes
LOS ANGELES -- Hip skaters and bikers met out-of-touch television executives for the first time in Rhode Island in 1995. For a number of the athletes, the made-for-TV Extreme Games that resulted seemed like a busted blind date.

Four-part BBC documentary traces history of country music

Bill Pullman commands aircraft carrier in 'Tiger Cruise'

Oprah Winfrey signs for 3 more years with show

Live broadcasts bring concerns for some X Games athletes

Oprah Winfrey signs for 3 more years with show
LOS ANGELES -- Oprah Winfrey can start making big anniversary plans.

Ratings for basic cable networks

China issues digital TV licenses, ending state TV monopoly
BEIJING -- China has issued licenses to four companies to broadcast digital television, ending the monopoly once held by state-run China Central Television, the government said Friday.

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.

China issues digital TV licenses, ending state TV monopoly

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.

People in the News

Hollywood Hills home of Paris and Nicky Hilton burglarized

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

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.

Leader takes a chance at title
Regions Cup points leader Tommy Carpenter, of Aiken, is taking a calculated gamble in his bid for player of the year honors as the season winds down.

Odds and Ends

Odds and Ends

Tourists begin leaving Ocracoke Island so residents can repair damage

El Nino conditions may be developing in the Pacific

A noted TV physician figures God's existence is scientifically likely

Religion News in Brief

Faith calendar

More Episcopal dioceses conducting blessing ceremonies for gay couples

Faith digest

The Church of the Good Shepherd will give its eight bells real workout

Church bolsters children's ministry with workshop