Shows closing during Republican convention and Labor Day
NEW YORK -- Curtain up? Just barely. Broadway is anticipating a glum couple of weeks at the box office, primarily because of the Republican National Convention followed by the Labor Day weekend, a traditionally slow time for shows.

Burton Morris' pop art explodes from Hollywood to Athens

National Gallery offers online exhibit

Shows closing during Republican convention and Labor Day

One-time fishermen makes book out of lobster love

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Museum stages retrospective of film design genius Saul Bass
LONDON -- Horizontal and vertical bars come and go, evoking the mania of Norman Bates as the opening credits roll in "Psycho." A mass of Las Vegas neon whirls as the body of Robert De Niro falls at the beginning of "Casino."

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."

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.

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.

Vacation spots are murder scenes in two new mysteries

'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.

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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.

National Gallery offers online exhibit
WASHINGTON -- Though East is East and West is West, the twain do meet in a virtual exhibit the National Gallery of Art has mounted only on its Web site.

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.

Burton Morris' pop art explodes from Hollywood to Athens
FOREST HILLS, Pa. -- The "For Sale" sign on Burton Morris' front lawn is a testament to his success.

Alaskan rescue a riveting tale

Sutton Foster stars in a musical version of 'Little Women'
NEW YORK -- "Little Women," Louisa May Alcott's beloved novel, has been an indestructible Hollywood property.

'Plague' tells terrific and terrifying tale

Museum stages retrospective of film design genius Saul Bass

Chick lit breaking out, still bringing on the bling

Sutton Foster stars in a musical version of 'Little Women'

Cardinals complete sweep of Mets
ST. LOUIS -- Edgar Renteria tied his career high with five hits and the St. Louis Cardinals handed Al Leiter his worst loss of the year, completing a three-game sweep of the New York Mets with a 6-2 victory Sunday.

Phillies beat Dodgers

Brewers blank Marlins
MIAMI -- Chris Capuano pitched six shutouts innings and the Milwaukee Brewers ended a five-game losing streak by beating the Florida Marlins 2-0 on Sunday.

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.

Expos top Astros
HOUSTON -- Alex Gonzalez and Brian Schneider hit back-to-back homers and the Montreal Expos beat Roger Clemens and the Houston Astros 5-2 on Sunday.

Walker adds time-tested bat to powerful Cardinals lineup

Could Maddux be one of the last 300-game winners?

Maddux joins 300 club

Phillies beat Dodgers
LOS ANGELES -- Brett Myers pitched two-hit ball for eight shutout innings and struck out a season-high nine, leading the Philadelphia Phillies over the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-1 Sunday.

Could Maddux be one of the last 300-game winners?
SAN FRANCISCO -- Greg Maddux got to 300 wins with precision and pinpoint control, while Roger Clemens did it by just plain overpowering his opponents.

Wakefield ties record for homers allowed in a game
DETROIT -- Tim Wakefield gave up six homers Sunday against the Detroit Tigers, tying a modern major league record last set 64 years ago.

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.

Yearbook photos keep our memories from fading

Actor plays thief, tackled by policeman
BANGKOK, Thailand An overzealous policeman inadvertently interrupted a street theater play in the capital when he tackled an actor posing as a purse-snatcher.

Republicans pick 19-time jail inmate to run for Washington state auditor
TACOMA, Wash. Republican leaders in Washington state were happy to have a contender for state auditor when they accepted Will Baker's last-minute offer to challenge a popular Democrat.

Braves beat up Diamondbacks
PHOENIX - A mantra of sportsmen is to focus only on what you can control.

Braves beat up Diamondbacks

Byrd buckles down in win

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

Utah school for software developers challenges traditional methods

E-Trade, Ameritrade try to turn tables on Schwab
SAN FRANCISCO -- With its low prices and iconoclastic attitude, discount stock broker Charles Schwab Corp. represented an annoying stone in Wall Street's wing-tipped shoes for decades.

Companies continue to pile on the excuses
NEW YORK -- Excuses, excuses. Why is it that corporate America still seems unwilling to tell bad news straight up?

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.

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

Job surveys give divergent views

Students increasingly become on-campus entrepreneurs

Local phone providers see growth potential in nontraditional services
ATLANTA -- The days of the local phone company being only concerned about your landline are over.

Local phone providers see growth potential in nontraditional services

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

Companies continue to pile on the excuses

Time to go back to school?

BellSouth CEO says company not looking to buy rivals
ATLANTA -- BellSouth Corp. chief executive Duane Ackerman said Tuesday his company is not interested right now in buying any of its competitors as it focuses on closing the sale of its Latin American assets and Cingular's purchase of AT&T Wireless.

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.

With plasma TV screen and yoga, many banks are redefining banking
PORTLAND, Ore. -- There are no velvet ropes or marble teller's counter, no dark wood or imposing glass panels. Instead, the interior of Umpqua Bank has the feel of a sleek living room - hip leather chairs flank a plasma TV screen, with a shelf of best sellers nearby.

Mobile billboards cashing in on gridlock traffic

Job surveys give divergent views
NEW YORK -- Are better times here for the labor market or not? The answer to that may depend where you look.

Students increasingly become on-campus entrepreneurs
In between classes, working out at the gym and volunteering as a reserve police officer, Lance Larson spent five to six hours each night on his Web hosting business in his college dorm room.

Utah school for software developers challenges traditional methods
SOUTH JORDAN, Utah -- Nadine Whitfield was making $51,000 as an electronics technician for the Postal Service when she decided to try formal computer training to increase her pay.

Some owners block the way to renaissance

BellSouth CEO says company not looking to buy rivals

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.

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.

Furman more than Ingle Martin
Furman wide receiver Brian Bratton wants to make this clear up front - the Paladins are a lot more than new quarterback Ingle Martin.

Auburn's Williams stepping into new roles
AUBURN, Ala. -- Travis Williams is no longer the TOG - That Other Guy - in Auburn's linebacking corps.

Wildcat hit with second felony Kentucky suspends freshman

Furman more than Ingle Martin

SRS conundrums

Christians under siege

Christians under siege
Any hope that Islamic fanaticism would not turn into sectarian violence was dashed Aug. 1 with the coordinated bomb attacks on five Christian churches in Baghdad and Mosul, killing at least 10 Iraqis and injuring scores more.

SRS conundrums

Isn't this the media's job?

SRS conundrums
Savannah River Site's Citizens Advisory Board is right to be concerned that the Department of Energy has so far failed to come up with a plan to dispose of 13 metric tons of plutonium, including five metric tons already at the site.

SRS conundrums
Savannah River Site's Citizens Advisory Board is right to be concerned that the Department of Energy has so far failed to come up with a plan to dispose of 13 metric tons of plutonium, including five metric tons already at the site.

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

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.

Autopsy fails to reveal cause of death for singer Rick James
LOS ANGELES -- An autopsy Saturday failed to determine the cause of death for funk legend Rick James, authorities said.

People in the News
ASPEN, Colo. -- Actor Don Johnson has been ordered to pay a grocery store nearly $6,000 for an unpaid tab.

Oil, jobs worries could prompt fresh selling on Wall Street

Google's good-vibes IPO hits sour note
SAN FRANCISCO -- All the glee and glamour surrounding Google Inc.'s IPO is rapidly dissolving into feelings of dread and derision about the online search engine's long-awaited stock market debut.

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.

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.

Welcome to the Google dog and pony show
NEW YORK -- Ever read a company's Security and Exchange Commission filings? No? Consider yourself lucky.

Welcome to the Google dog and pony show

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.

Google's good-vibes IPO hits sour note

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?

Are investors better off than two years ago?

Are investors better off than two years ago?
NEW YORK -- Are investors better off than they were two years ago?

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

Some savings bond holders will need new strategies

GreenJackets' skid hits four on road
n Salisbury, Md., the Augusta GreenJackets again wasted an early lead, dropping their fourth straight game - and 11th in 14 outings - with a 4-2 loss at Delmarva.

Pack a lunch and grab a nap; school is back

Weinhart rallies to win Georgia Open for the first time
BRASELTON, Ga. -- Tim Weinhart pitched in for birdie out of a bunker on the 16th hole to take the lead for good Sunday, then held on to win the Georgia Open for the first time.

Kite ends 21-month winless drought with victory at 3M Championship

Players 'Whistling' humble tune

Mallon's birdie putt on final hole gives her win over Stupples, Pak
SYLVANIA, Ohio -- Meg Mallon birdied three of the last four holes, including a 10-footer at the 18th, for a one-stroke victory over Karen Stupples and defending champion Se Ri Pak at the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic on Sunday.

Mallon's birdie putt on final hole gives her win over Stupples, Pak

Warren wins second Nationwide event in three weeks

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.

Kite ends 21-month winless drought with victory at 3M Championship
BLAINE, Minn. -- Tom Kite put his recent Sunday struggles behind him.

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

Warren wins second Nationwide event in three weeks
OMAHA, Neb. -- Charles Warren shot a 6-under 66 Sunday to win the Nationwide Tour's Cox Classic for his second tour victory in three weeks.

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.

Herlong finishes off win
EDGEFIELD, S.C. - All Wes Herlong could do was laugh when he topped his approach shot to the 18th hole Sunday in the final round of the Perry Watson Memorial.

Weinhart rallies to win Georgia Open for the first time

Golf roundup

Herlong finishes off win

Pampling's eagle the difference at The International

Pampling's eagle the difference at The International
CASTLE ROCK, Colo. -- Rod Pampling made a 31-foot eagle putt from the fringe on the 17th hole to move past Alex Cejka and earn his first PGA Tour victory in The International on Sunday.

GreenJackets' skid hits four on road

Lower Richland football player dies from heat stroke
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- An autopsy Saturday found that a 15-year-old Lower Richland High football player died of a heat stroke.

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.

Ballot foul-up cancels Georgia Court of Appeals runoff election
ATLANTA - The Georgia Supreme Court has canceled Tuesday's scheduled runoff election for an open seat on the Court of Appeals, acting in a lawsuit filed by a candidate who did not make the runoff.

'Proud American' opposes reparations

Fort's Gate 2 must stay open
It's a shame the way our government can waste money. It spent a lot to close down Fort Gordon's Gate 2, and then went and spent God only knows how much to put in a new Gate 2. Eernest Basham Grovetown

Replace our old civic center
After attending the latest performance at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center - the Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus - I've discovered reason No. 376 why we need a new arena. I was talking back stage to ringmaster Ted McRae, and he flat out told me that this was the poorest venue that they had seen this entire year. Brian Mathewson Martinez

Take time to vote; it's a privilege

Fort's Gate 2 must stay open

Kerry's war tales are flat lies

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

'Proud American' opposes reparations
Way down, Pamela Hairston ("Slave reparations need dialogue," July 26 letter) believes slave reparations are justified. She complains about "Jim Crow" problems she has had. She complains about "whites only" signs of the past, etc. Charlie J. Connell North Augusta, S.C.

Replace our old civic center

Smokers' rights must be respected, too
Regarding your Aug. 2 editorial "It's time to ban smoking": Robert P. McConnell Jr. Hephzibah

Facts bear out Bush's terror argument

Hitler remark was uncalled for

Dumb voters have elected cowards

Editorials were hateful falsehoods
The bashing of former President Carter ( "Carter's self-loathing") and the condemnation of Teresa Heinz Kerry ("Does it matter?") in July 28 editorials are pure venom, filled with much malice and false statements. Tracy E. Williams Jr. Augusta

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

Dumb voters have elected cowards
Regarding the July 24 Chronicle brief, "Bush payroll records show little": Richard D. Renew Martinez

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

Facts bear out Bush's terror argument
Tom Zwemer ("Bush misled public on terrorism," July 31 letter) should read the paper a little more often, and more than the front page. Gerald W. McCabe Aiken, S.C.

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.

Hitler remark was uncalled for
In Allen Johnson's Aug. 2 letter, "Hitler, Dems share common ground," he said that Hitler was a perfect Democrat. Although he included a few interesting facts in his writing, that statement ruined any respectable point he presented and made it clear that he is a perfect idiot. Chris Tonsing Martinez

One gift is fine from friend on budget

Iowa Fair to celebrate 150th birthday

Museum celebrates artistic passions inspired by native plants

Pro leagues vary in what they allow online

A bumpy ride to rural charm

iPod clobbers Sony's new digital Walkman

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

Techbits: Campaign scam, Microsoft blog and more

An Accusation

The addictive Hiptop/Sidekick improves

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

Incentives planned to spur solar-home development in Calif.

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

Firms compete to build system to preserve electronic records forever

'Missing' adventure game melds fiction with reality

Riding the whitewater at Kings Canyon National Park

Hospitals, health care providers move toward 'paperless' age

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.

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.

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.

Techbits: Campaign scam, Microsoft blog and more
NEW YORK -- In what appears to be a first, fraudsters are trying to steal debit card numbers by circulating e-mail disguised as a legitimate request for donations to John Kerry's presidential campaign.

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

'Missing' adventure game melds fiction with reality
It's been months since journalist Jack Lorski and his companion vanished at the hands of an elusive serial killer.

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.

Hospitals, health care providers move toward 'paperless' age
INDIANAPOLIS -- With no patient chart in sight, Dr. Sheila Gamache strides into Thom Kolby's hospital room to check on him a day after the 54-year-old arrived ashen-faced and perilously close to death with a clogged artery starving his heart of oxygen.

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.

Pro leagues vary in what they allow online
Sports leagues vary greatly in how much competition footage they allow on the Internet, but they have one thing in common: They give webcasters far less than what television broadcasters get.

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.

Firms compete to build system to preserve electronic records forever
WASHINGTON -- The goal for the National Archives: nothing less than a system that will capture electronic information, "preserve it forever and make it accessible at any time, from any place."

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.

iPod clobbers Sony's new digital Walkman
A quarter century after Sony Corp. first shipped the legendary Walkman personal stereo, the electronics giant is launching a high-tech model that aims to topple Apple Computer Inc.'s iPod as today's leading digital music player and status symbol.

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

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.

The addictive Hiptop/Sidekick improves
NEW YORK -- Every time I've had my hands on a Hiptop wireless device from Danger Inc., I've been unable to shake the feeling that the future was supposed to be full of things like this.

Atlantic Beach town manager ready to step down
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- Carolyn Montgomery says she is preparing to step aside as town manager of Atlantic Beach even though she still has two years left on her $50,000-a-year contract.

Atlantic Beach town manager ready to step down

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

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.

Candidates prepare for runoff

Pageant winner follows passions
Ashley Foster believes her two passions in life led her to the Miss Augusta title Saturday.

HIV campaign focus is on black men

Looping relaxes return to class

Ruined fruit led to career in wine
SPARTA, Ga. - Produce stands and their homemade signs are common along Georgia's two-lane country highways, put there by locals usually selling peaches, tomatoes, watermelons and boiled peanuts.

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.

Group wants better conditions for teens in prison

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.

Pageant winner follows passions

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.

State shows no worries about voting

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - Large Powerball jackpots helped fuel lottery ticket sales of $950 million for the fiscal year that ended June 30, according to lottery officials.

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.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

The week ahead
Those of you who regularly read this column - my mom and perhaps two or three others - might remember me showering praise on the Los Angeles band Los Lobos a few months ago.

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

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

Across the area

New students get sneak peek
Augustan Michael New's last name fit him perfectly Sunday.

New students get sneak peek

Across the area
A 20-year-old soldier was killed Sunday when he lost control of his motorcycle and hit a concrete barrier on River Watch Parkway, police said.

Spartanburg gets ready for VP

Candidates prepare for runoff
ATLANTA - After a day of campaigning Thursday for his appeals court runoff against Debra Bernes, Mike Sheffield was left hoping it would count for something.

Across the southeast

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

Food isn't event's only draw

Diver, hidden by fog, finds his boat gone

Swamp's serenity is in spotlight on Saturdays

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.

News you can use

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.

Some local governments leaders defying court ruling
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Some local government leaders in South Carolina are continuing to pray to a specific god at meetings, despite a federal appeals court ruling that such religion-specific prayers are unconstitutional.

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.

Five questions
Charles Nagle, associate superintendent for student and school services in Columbia County, answers five questions for The Augusta Chronicle.

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

Unfinished hotel stirs up problems in Aiken
The developer of a south Aiken hotel and conference center faces another battle tonight in what has become a three-year struggle to complete his project.

S.C. lottery brings in almost $1 billion
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Large Powerball jackpots helped fuel lottery ticket sales of $950 million for the fiscal year that ended June 30, according to lottery officials.

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.

Unfinished hotel stirs up problems in Aiken

Across the southeast
BOCA RATON, FLA. - A church bus filled with teens was hit by an SUV and ran off a highway, plunging into a canal and killing three people, police said Sunday.

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.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Lawson Reel, 4, of Edgefield, S.C.

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

Georgia city may approve stronger spirits, but outlaw smoking
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 belt down shots of tequila because of old laws aimed at protecting the community from moral decay.

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.

Uneasy working relationship between Milledgeville mayor, council
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. -- Floyd Griffin wants his job back. Not so much for him, but for all the people who voted for him.

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.

Group wants better conditions for teens in prison
ALTO, Ga. -- Robert Leon Ware, a teen sentenced to 10 years in prison for vehicular homicide, soon will join the adult population at Lee Arrendale State Prison in northeast Georgia.

The week ahead

Report says plane crash likely result of pilot error
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- The two Air Force pilots who were killed when their plane crashed during takeoff from Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport were likely hung over and in a hurry that morning, according to a report released by military officials.

Candidates tout ideas, experience
ATHENS, Ga. - The two candidates competing in Tuesday's runoff election for the Democratic U.S. Senate nomination crisscrossed the state last week, each claiming to have the professional pedigree necessary to take on Republican nominee Johnny Isakson in November.

Lottery partners with USC film students
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- You've likely seen the ads - after an afternoon of hard work outdoors, a couple heads off to a store to fetch a sweet tea. They place their order and clink their "Sweet Tea" instant tickets from the South Carolina Education Lottery.

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

Spartanburg gets ready for VP
SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- The Secret Service and officials for Vice President Dick Cheney have spent the past week turning Doug and Alison Smith's home into an undisclosed location.

Report says plane crash likely result of pilot error

Many buyers cashing in on tax-free days

Georgia city may approve stronger spirits, but outlaw smoking

Confederate group deals with internal battles
ANDERSON, S.C. -- With the term of Sons of Confederate Veterans leader Ron Wilson over, the 33,000-member group is debating its future.

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Community may get to vote on stronger drinks, smoking ban

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SAVANNAH - Two Air Force pilots who were killed when their plane crashed during takeoff from Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport were likely hung over and in a hurry that morning, according to a report released by military officials.

Lottery partners with USC film students

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Legal bills growing in battle over forming new town

Legal bills growing in battle over forming new town
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- The cost of the legal battle about whether the James Island can form its own town continues to increase, even though the state Supreme Court would seem to have dealt the small community a final blow.

Ruined fruit led to career in wine

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Some local governments leaders defying court ruling

Pilots try to spread ultralight 'secret'

Candidates tout ideas, experience

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County wants to know what it's getting from development group
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- Horry County is turning to outside experts to determine whether taxpayers are getting their money's worth from Partners Economic Development Corporation.

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Climbing cost forces families to take loans

Feared waterway becomes beloved neighbor

Confederate group deals with internal battles

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.

Pack a lunch and grab a nap; school is back
Karson entered kindergarten last week, so when I got home from work I asked how her first day of school had gone.

'Collateral' cruises to top spot with $24.4 million debut

To Zach Braff, 'Garden State' is no joke
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. -- The Baird Community Center holds sentimental value for Zach Braff - it's where he saw his first play, when his father performed in Neil Simon's "The Prisoner of Second Avenue."

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films
Capsule reviews of films opening this week:

Tom Cruise turns deadly as merciless hitman in 'Collateral'

To Zach Braff, 'Garden State' is no joke

'Collateral' cruises to top spot with $24.4 million debut
LOS ANGELES -- Good guy or bad guy, Tom Cruise is still No. 1.

Tom Cruise turns deadly as merciless hitman in 'Collateral'
LOS ANGELES -- It had to happen. Tom Cruise has fallen out of Hollywood's good graces and joined the ranks of the industry's unsavory characters.

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films

Kanye West doesn't need critics to tell him he's good

Q&A: Usher, king of the charts
Confessions may be good for the soul, but they've been even better for Usher's career.

Young singer breaking into pop market in two languages

Rodney Crowell, Vince Gill reload The Notorious Cherry Bombs
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Even if they had never played another lick, the Cherry Bombs left quite a legacy.

Q&A: Usher, king of the charts

Young singer breaking into pop market in two languages
MIAMI -- She started singing in her crib, banging a tambourine with the church choir at age 5 and writing songs at 11.

Kanye West doesn't need critics to tell him he's good
NEW YORK -- Kanye West's debut album, "The College Dropout," is a masterful piece of work that should be mentioned among the classic albums of our time.

Mears keeps it in family

Gordon masters Indy
SPEEDWAY, Ind. - Jeff Gordon took his place in the storied history of Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday, winning the Brickyard 400 to become the fourth driver in the track's history to win four main events.

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.

Chase tightens for top 10 spots

Bourdais claims another pole

Tagliani posts first career win

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.

Chase tightens for top 10 spots
SPEEDWAY, Ind. - "The Chase for the Championship" is turning out to be everything NASCAR wanted.

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.

Tagliani posts first career win
ELKHART LAKE, Wis. -- Lucky at last, Alex Tagliani finally finished first.

Gordon masters Indy

Elway, Sanders, Eller and Brown enter Hall of Fame

Broncos fans flock to ceremonies for Elway

Mora trying to emulate Titans' Fisher

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Fashion and beauty companies link up to Olympic rings
NEW YORK -- The Olympics - and its potentially enormous audience - is too tempting for fashion and beauty companies to pass up.

After false start, Athens sprints to finish line

Family ties abound on U.S. Olympic swim team
ATHENS, Greece -- U.S. swimmers really mean it when they say the Olympic team feels like family. For Dana and Tara Kirk and Klete and Kalyn Keller, it IS family.

Family ties abound on U.S. Olympic swim team

Fashion and beauty companies link up to Olympic rings

Olympic broadcasters plan first broad online video offering

Saginaw native strives for shooting excellence in second Olympics
DETROIT -- Growing up in a family where everyone but his mother was involved in competitive shooting, Daryl Szarenski quickly developed a desire to see how far he could push himself.

Scholars: 1906 saved games

U.S. continues struggles in win over Turkey
ISTANBUL, Turkey -- One week before its opener at the Athens Games, the U.S. men's Olympic team took a step backward - even though the Americans didn't quite see it that way.

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.

Saginaw native strives for shooting excellence in second Olympics

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.

After false start, Athens sprints to finish line
ATHENS, Greece -- The scene seemed tranquil at first. Just after dawn, sunlight struck the steel arches supporting the gleaming roof of the Olympic stadium, the masterpiece of an event that once seemed destined never to be ready on time.

U.S. continues struggles in win over Turkey

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.

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.

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.

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X Games wraps up with high-flying, dangerous events

Area sports announcements

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Hewitt hammers his way into finals

Agassi wins Cincinnati Masters for third time

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In Montreal, Amelie Mauresmo won the Rogers Cup for the second time, routing Elena Likhovtseva, 6-1, 6-0, to end the unseeded Russian's string of upsets.

Mauresmo wins Rogers Cup again
MONTREAL -- Amelie Mauresmo won the Rogers Cup for the second time Sunday, routing Elena Likhovtseva 6-1, 6-0 to end the unseeded Russian's string of upsets.

Molik wins Stockholm title
STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- Alicia Molik of Australia routed Tatiana Perebiynis of Ukraine 6-1, 6-1 Sunday to capture the Nordic Light Open for her second WTA title. She capped her day by winning the doubles 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.

Agassi wins Cincinnati Masters for third time
MASON, Ohio -- A resurgent Andre Agassi defeated tenth-seeded Lleyton Hewitt 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 on Sunday to win the Cincinnati Masters tournament.

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

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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.

X Games wraps up with high-flying, dangerous events
LOS ANGELES -- The X Games saved the biggest for last, wrapping up four days of competition Sunday with its most spectacular and dangerous high-flying events.

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.

Broncos fans flock to ceremonies for Elway
CANTON, Ohio -- The sea of Broncos blue and orange in the stands at Fawcett Stadium made it clear who was the headliner at Sunday's Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

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.

Elway, Sanders, Eller and Brown enter Hall of Fame
CANTON, Ohio -- John Elway surveyed the sea of Broncos blue and orange, heard the cheers, and offered his fans a tribute.

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.

Clarks Hill fish kills haven't hit stripers yet

History is on side of Yellow Jackets

TV Lookout: Highlights (and lowlights) for the week
Cable's Trio network is giving viewers a big show all during August with its passel of Texas-themed programming.

TV Lookout: Highlights (and lowlights) for the week

Create your own sitcom for Bravo's contest
NEW YORK -- If you ever watched an episode of "According to Jim" and said, "Any idiot could do that," well, here's your opportunity to prove it. And then some.

Create your own sitcom for Bravo's contest

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