'Plague' tells terrific and terrifying tale

'Plague' tells terrific and terrifying tale
Chinese poet Shi Tao-nan wrote these words in 1792. Only days later, this "young man of extraordinary talent" was dead, one of millions who have been killed by plague over the centuries.

The 1986 Mets: great team, not-so-nice guys
The 1986 New York Mets were larger than life. Literally. At one point on the West Side of the city, a 25-foot-high mural of pitcher Dwight Gooden stared down from a building, a stunning symbol of the shadow the brash and talented team cast over New York during that dominant season which ended with a World Series win.

Chick lit breaking out, still bringing on the bling

Vacation spots are murder scenes in two new mysteries

Alaskan rescue a riveting tale

Alaskan rescue a riveting tale
There was nothing perfect about the brutal Arctic storm facing the five-man crew of the La Conte, a 79-year-old fishing schooner that went down in the frigid waters of the Gulf of Alaska. The Coast Guard crews that headed out to save them fell short of perfection, too.

Chick lit breaking out, still bringing on the bling
NEW YORK -- At the end of a long day, freelance writer Erica Kennedy often found herself in her tiny Brooklyn apartment, escaping into "The Devil Wears Prada" and "Good in Bed."

Vacation spots are murder scenes in two new mysteries
In the summer, a mystery fan may want to read a whodunit set in a vacation area. Two of the most recent such books are "Jack in the Pulpit," set in Martha's Vineyard, Mass., and "Home Body," which takes place in Maine.

Arts calendar

One-time fishermen makes book out of lobster love
PORTLAND, Maine -- A male lobster lurks, raising its claws in its best alpha flex while the object of its desires strikes a coquettish and cowering pose on craggy rocks at the bottom of the Atlantic.

One-time fishermen makes book out of lobster love

Arts calendar
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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.

Myers sent to Boston for player to be named or cash

New bonds drive local team

Walker adds time-tested bat to powerful Cardinals lineup

Walker adds time-tested bat to powerful Cardinals lineup
ST. LOUIS - Larry Walker got his wish to play for a contender, filling the only hole in the St. Louis Cardinals' formidable lineup.

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.

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.

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.

Thomas out for season, Ordonez might be, too

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.

Indians acquire Phelps from Blue Jays

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.

Maddux joins 300 club
SAN FRANCISCO - Greg Maddux relied on guts, guile and his bullpen to win his 300th game because he never quite found the pinpoint control that has so defined his stellar career.

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.

Obermueller recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis

Maddux joins 300 club

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

Yearbook photos keep our memories from fading

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

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 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.

Byrd buckles down in win
PHOENIX, Ariz. - Paul Byrd finally feels like one of the boys again.

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.

Byrd buckles down in win

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.

Some owners block the way to renaissance

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

Payroll growth slows dramatically in July

Life after bankruptcy: Dan River will face tougher climate

Consumer confidence surges to highest level since January

Pocket change
A survey by careerbuilder.com taken in February regarding the hiring of new college graduates found the following:

Court rules seizure of shares in major Yukos subsidiary illegal

Crude prices soar, then fall on profit-taking

Weekly U.S. rig count up by six

Mobile billboards cashing in on gridlock traffic

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.

Tariff little comfort to struggling Texas shrimpers

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.

Time to go back to school?
NEW YORK -- Among the millions of students preparing to go back to school this fall are plenty of small business owners seeking a better grounding in finance, marketing and other subjects that will help them run their companies.

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.

Time to go back to school?

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.

Mobile billboards cashing in on gridlock traffic
ATLANTA -- Thousands of commuters stuck in bumper-to-bumper gridlock for hours each day may sound like a traffic nightmare, but for the latest incarnation of the billboard industry it's a dream come true.

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.

Hamburger chain lowers number of expected restaurant openings

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.

Some owners block the way to renaissance
Dustin Cheney was shocked when he first saw Augusta's downtown.

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.

Government holding millions in unclaimed pension benefits

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.

A bittersweet ending

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.

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

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

Indictment will not keep Walker from Senate seat

Indictment will not keep Walker from Senate seat
After former Democratic state Senate Majority Leader Charles Walker was indicted on 142 federal charges, a lot of people said he would never be allowed to take office if he won the District 22 Senate seat this fall because Republican Gov. Sonny Perdue would block him. Turns out, that's not so.

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

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.

Wildcat hit with second felony Kentucky suspends freshman

Wildcat hit with second felony Kentucky suspends freshman
HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. - Suspended Kentucky football player Ricky Abren had a second felony charge added to his case during a court hearing in his hometown.

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

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.

Auburn opens preseason with high hopes, less hype

Leader takes a chance at title

Free meals are a bad idea

Bush on board?

Isn't this the media's job?

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.

Bernes' experience wins
Debra Bernes received 100,000 more votes than her nearest of five competitors in the July 20 election for Georgia Court of Appeals.

A draconian sentence
The University of Georgia basketball program under Jim Harrick senior and junior was a scandal, it's true. Allegations of improper payments to students, giving A's to athletes who never attended class - and few will ever forget Harrick junior's final exam in his Coaching Principles and Strategies of Basketball class, which included such questions as how many points a three-point shot is worth.

Isn't this the media's job?
This is what happens when the news media don't do their job.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

How should I protect myself if I want to buy a second home with a friend?

Some savings bond holders will need new strategies

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.

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.

Pixar profits jump on "Finding Nemo" video sales

Tokyo stocks end at 2-month low

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."

Stocks drop on weak jobs report

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.

MCI loses money, but not as much as expected

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.

How should I protect myself if I want to buy a second home with a friend?
Q. I'm thinking of purchasing a second home with a good friend, since buying one on my own is just too expensive. What should I do to protect myself?

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.

Individual investors make similar mistakes again and again
NEW YORK -- Every investor is unique, but financial advisers know of one way we are painfully alike: We tend to make the same mistakes over and over again.

Oil, jobs worries could prompt fresh selling on Wall Street
NEW YORK -- If you were to superimpose a chart showing the Dow Jones industrial average for the past few weeks with a chart showing oil prices, you'd see a distressing mirror image - when oil went up, stocks went down.

Some savings bond holders will need new strategies
NEW YORK -- For years, Americans who invested in U.S. Savings Bonds had a safe haven if they didn't want to cash in their maturing securities and pay taxes on their earnings - the Series HH bonds.

Oil, jobs worries could prompt fresh selling on Wall Street

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

Players 'Whistling' humble tune
It's all Shaun Micheel's fault. When the defending PGA champion played Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wis., on June 7, he shot 5-over-par 77, with no birdies. The bunker-laden course was wet, adding even more distance to its 7,500 yards.

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.

Golf roundup

Putting on a show

Players 'Whistling' humble tune

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.

Herlong ties course record at Perry Watson
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Wes Herlong didn't know what to think after shooting 6-under-par 30 on the front nine at Pine Ridge Country Club on Saturday.

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

Golf roundup
SYLVANIA, Ohio - From a major championship across the Atlantic to a tournament near Toledo, Karen Stupples is dominating.

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.

Georgia AP high school football poll

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

Handzus signs three-year contract with Flyers

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.

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.

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.

Yearbook photos keep our memories from fading
The 10-year-old at my house needed a haircut before school started. I told him we'd make sure the barber didn't cut off too much, but you know how that is.

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 .

Kerry's war tales are flat lies
John Kerry may snow the American people, but not me. I was with him in An Thoi, Vietnam, on Swift boats. I was with Lt. j.g. Mike Bernique on PCF 3, and on PCF 43 with Lt. j.g. Don Droz when he died; Don was Kerry's best buddy. Robert E. Hornberger Grovetown

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

Circus prices were deceptive
It is amazing to me how an entity that has been the subject of so much scrutiny and criticism would give any patron a reason to complain. The "entity" I am speaking of is the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center. Buff Dill North Augusta, S.C.

We need a James Brown museum

Kerry's war tales are flat lies

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

Zell Miller will face consequences

Seniors lose out in new meal deal
Regarding the Aug. 5 column by John Hale, chief operating officer of G.A. Foods, on the meals contract currently in dispute: Dr. Ron Schoeffler Augusta

Circus prices were deceptive

Take time to vote; it's a privilege
In response to the Aug. 3 letter by Bob Groothand ("Make voting times more convenient"), I take umbrage on one point. Madeline Moyer Martinez

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.

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

Take time to vote; it's a privilege

Riding the whitewater at Kings Canyon National Park

Ford unveils world's first gas-electric hybrid SUV

Human mad cow infection may be more widespread

One gift is fine from friend on budget

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

SNO-CAP plans plenty of fun to celebrate its 40 years of nostalgia

Californians heighten precautions against West Nile virus

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

Group alleges delayed reports of Crestor side effects

An Accusation

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

Museum celebrates artistic passions inspired by native plants

Incentives planned to spur solar-home development in Calif.

Baker City, Ore., is defined by gold rush and pioneer past

Iowa Fair to celebrate 150th birthday

A bumpy ride to rural charm

Owner fills her town house with junk-shop finds, travel souvenirs

Baker City, Ore., is defined by gold rush and pioneer past
BAKER CITY, Ore. -- When they strung up poor Bogs Greenwood on a ranch near here in 1864 for murder, most probably figured it was the start and finish of his moment of fame.

A bumpy ride to rural charm
ANSHUN, China - With no shock absorbers and only dim headlights to guide us, we careen down narrow streets at dusk. Everywhere is the greasy gray of a southwestern China twilight, but we are hurtling toward promises of color - vibrant blues and yellows and oranges and greens.

An Accusation
EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the ninth chapter of an 18-part story that The Augusta Chronicle will publish in Your Life on Sundays, Tuesdays and Fridays.

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.

Riding the whitewater at Kings Canyon National Park
KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Calif. -- The first wave of cold Kings River water slapped me hard in the face. Breathless, I was flung high in the air, my paddle far from the churning stream. A fraction of a second later, my raft hit the river - just in time for another nose dive into a swirling, clear green trough.

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.

Museum celebrates artistic passions inspired by native plants
GOLDENDALE, Wash. -- As they journeyed West in their search for a passage to the Pacific Ocean, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark were struck by sturdy yellow flowers with large, arrow-shaped leaves near the Columbia River.

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.

Owner fills her town house with junk-shop finds, travel souvenirs
Pat Tante didn't set out to give her home an animal theme, but a quick scan around the living room of her Sande Hill Place town house reveals an aesthetic where fine art and nature coexist.

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.

One gift is fine from friend on budget
Dear Carson: I am a single mother with limited income. Two years ago I joined a church and have made several new friends, who are all getting married this summer. I have been invited to both the weddings and bridal showers of each one. My problem is that I can barely afford one gift, much less two. Is it OK to purchase one gift and have it shipped to her home and bring a card to the wedding, or should I figure out some way to purchase two gifts? - More Generous Heart than Budget

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.

SNO-CAP plans plenty of fun to celebrate its 40 years of nostalgia
Beneath the wing-shape, beach-house blue awnings of the SNO-CAP Drive-In in North Augusta, a short order becomes an experience.

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.

Iowa Fair to celebrate 150th birthday
DES MOINES, Iowa -- This won't be your ordinary buttery cake.

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.

Incentives planned to spur solar-home development in Calif.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California officials are proposing that half of all new homes in the state be running on solar energy in 10 years, an effort spurred by $100 million in annual incentives paid for by electricity consumers.

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.

Justice says ethics is serious business

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

Stalking suspect is denied bond

Many buyers cashing in on tax-free days

Food isn't event's only draw

Across South Carolina

Board assures school safety

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

Across the area

Three are charged after raid on house

Looping relaxes return to class
ATHENS, Ga. - When Cynthia Grant walked into the classroom last week, she wasn't sure what to expect, but she knew whom to expect.

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.

News you can use

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.

Contested Appeals Court vote upheld

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

Boy returns to normalcy

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.

News you can use

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

Pilots try to spread ultralight 'secret'
ST. MARYS, Ga. - Ultralight planes offer sightseeing at its best from the air, as more than a dozen fliers at St. Marys Airport have discovered.

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.

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.

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.

Kid of the Day

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

State shows no worries about voting

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

Police are watching armor suit

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.

UGA's southern campus is popular with students

Gas leak closes part of Wrightsboro Road

Across the area

News you can use
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:

Kid of the day

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

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.

Climbing cost forces families to take loans
COLUMBIA - Bigger tuition bills are putting a pinch on the pockets of many college students and their parents, causing them to borrow more money through private loans to help cover costs of their children's education, school officials say.

Across Georgia

Food isn't event's only draw
BEECH ISLAND - Eight-year-old Caitlin Thurmond didn't care that she was covered in sand and dust to her ankles as she danced barefoot in the grass to the beat of live music Saturday afternoon.

Parkways planned for Aiken

Across Georgia
TYBEE ISLAND - The Air Force plans to take a closer look at the search for a hydrogen bomb off the Georgia coast.

Diver, hidden by fog, finds his boat gone

Navy shutters Beaufort squad
CHARLESTON, S.C. - A Navy fighter jet squadron stationed in Beaufort has been deactivated, but officials say the move is unrelated to military base closings planned for next year.

Feared waterway becomes beloved neighbor
Dean Durand sees the Savannah River as the perfect neighbor.

Many buyers cashing in on tax-free days
NORTH AUGUSTA - Carrying an armload of white and pastel-colored index cards, Brandi Wilson looked at a light blue book bag hanging at the end of an aisle at Office Depot on Saturday afternoon.

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

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Morgan N. Reel of Edgefield, S.C.

Auction of 440 letters stopped by state's suit

Community may get to vote on stronger drinks, smoking ban

Swamp's serenity is in spotlight on Saturdays

Climbing cost forces families to take loans

Swamp's serenity is in spotlight on Saturdays
Priscilla Jamison could have conjured a few other ways to spend her final Saturday before school bells ring Monday at Hephzibah High School, officially marking the end of summer.

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

State cuts ambulance checks
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Statewide ambulance inspections are being done "as needed" - a drastic policy change from when state regulators checked the life-saving vehicles every three years.

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.

Across the area
Officials continued Saturday to look for a man who is wanted in the shooting death of a Millen, Ga., mother and who was believed to have been hiding in the Augusta area, authorities said.

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

Across South Carolina
GREENVILLE - A former state trooper has pleaded guilty in the shooting death of his estranged wife's boyfriend at her apartment in March 2003.

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.

Community may get to vote on stronger drinks, smoking ban
TIFTON, Ga. - Customers can smoke and drink a beer with their fajitas and tacos at El Cazador Mexican Restaurant, but they can't slurp margaritas or down shots of tequila because of old laws aimed at protecting the community from moral decay.

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.

HIV campaign focus is on black men
Brian Greene doesn't fault his first love for being HIV-positive.

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.

State shows no worries about voting
Lynn Bailey whisks across the screen touching in votes for John Adams, Harry James and Hank Aaron. A second later, she switches support to Jimmy Carter and everyone else listed second on the ballot.

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.

Pilots try to spread ultralight 'secret'

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.

Across the area

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.

Feared waterway becomes beloved neighbor

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.

Looping relaxes return to class

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

HIV campaign focus is on black men

Across South Carolina

Suspect sought in death

Diver, hidden by fog, finds his boat gone
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. - It's called "May Gray" or "June Gloom," thezz blanket of fog and low clouds that settles across Southern California's coastal waters during spring and summer. It typically burns off by early afternoon, making way for those blue skies that you see in postcards.

History is on side of Yellow Jackets
Reggie Ball knows he put his teammates in a bind when he guaranteed no more losses after the third game last season. One year older and wiser, Ball issued only one guarantee this year.

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
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.

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

Funk legend Rick James dies 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.

47th Grammys to be held in Los Angeles

Hitting the bricks helped sport

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.

Brickyard could be pivotal race in title chase

Bourdais claims another pole
ELKHART LAKE, Wis. - Sebastien Bourdais is perfect as the pole-sitter this season. He hopes to keep it that way at the Grand Prix of Road America.

Safety patrol worker killed in motor scooter crash

Earnhardt tries new ride at Brickyard
SPEEDWAY, Ind. - Dale Earnhardt Jr. insisted Saturday the burns on his legs don't concern him as much as his team's performance in the past month.

Junqueira hopes he isn't bidding farewell to favorite track

Bourdais claims another pole

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.

Mears keeps it in family
SPEEDWAY, Ind. - Not long after Casey Mears won the pole for today's Brickyard 400, his uncle called to talk about Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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.

Mears keeps it in family

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.

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.

Payton goes to Celtics as Lakers rebuild

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.

Giants looking forward to hitting someone else

MRI shows bruised left knee for tight end

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

Mora trying to emulate Titans' Fisher

Muhammad to be held out of practices

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

Saints sign second-round pick

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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.

Haywood loses bid for Olympics on judge's ruling

Scholars: 1906 saved games
ATHENS, Greece - Call them the lost games. A decade after the Olympic revival in 1896, athletes again gathered in Athens. More than medals were at stake.

Olympic broadcasters plan first broad online video offering

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.

Scholars: 1906 saved games

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.

Olympic broadcasters plan first broad online video offering
The 100-meter dash and other cherished Olympic moments will for the first time be beamed to computers and mobile phones during the Athens Games. But while many Europeans will be able to see them live on the Internet, Americans will have to settle for tape delay.

United States shocks Serbia-Montenegro

Veteran questions Kerry's war-hero credentials
John Kerry may have three Purple Hearts and 8-millimeter footage. But Robert E. Hornberger seems to have more physical evidence of having been to war.

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."

Veteran questions Kerry's war-hero credentials
John Kerry may have three Purple Hearts and 8-millimeter footage. But Robert E. Hornberger seems to have more physical evidence of having been to war.

Land offer for museum has no hidden agenda
Apparently questions have been raised regarding my "motives" in offering a piece of land on which to build a monument or museum for James Brown. After reading recent comments by Bonnie Ruben, I considered the feasibility of moving forward with this idea.

Land offer for museum has no hidden agenda
Apparently questions have been raised regarding my "motives" in offering a piece of land on which to build a monument or museum for James Brown. After reading recent comments by Bonnie Ruben, I considered the feasibility of moving forward with this idea.

Area sports announcements

Overtime

Overtime

Hewitt hammers his way into finals

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

Overtime
Aiken's Alex Hamilton turned in the low round of the tournament - a 6-under-par 66 - on Saturday and carries a four-shot lead into today's final round of the South Carolina Golf Association Amateur Championship.

Hewitt hammers his way into finals
MASON, Ohio - Lleyton Hewitt overpowered unseeded Tommy Robredo with his serve Saturday, rolling to a 6-3, 6-2 victory in the semifinals of the $2.5 million Cincinnati Masters.

Area sports announcements
An instructional baseball camp will be held Saturday at Kennesaw State University's Stillwell Stadium at 10 a.m. The camp is open to rising high school seniors, juniors and sophmores. For more information, call (404) 869-7966, or to register online, go to www.eteamz.com/tryouts

Outdoors calendar
All the listed events are open to the public, although membership in some organizations may be required.

Clarks Hill fish kills haven't hit stripers yet
Morris Jenkins and his friends travel from Gastonia, N.C., to Clarks Hill Lake as often as they can to troll for big striped bass.

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.

Vick sits out again; McNair, Volek shine
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Steve McNair took part in a handful of drills for the Tennessee Titans. Michael Vick tossed a handful of passes early, then left Atlanta's first-team offense in the hands of rookie Matt Schaub.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Mora trying to emulate Titans' Fisher
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Jim Mora doesn't look at Jeff Fisher with awe or envy. Admiration is more like it.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Clarks Hill fish kills haven't hit stripers yet

History is on side of Yellow Jackets

China issues digital TV licenses, ending state TV monopoly

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."

Oprah Winfrey signs for 3 more years with show

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

Live broadcasts bring concerns for some X Games athletes

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.

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.

Hollywood Hills home of Paris and Nicky Hilton burglarized

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

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

Faith digest

Religion News in Brief

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

Faith calendar

More Episcopal dioceses conducting blessing ceremonies for gay couples

Church bolsters children's ministry with workshop