Galleries
ART AND WINE: 215 Park Ave. S.E., Aiken; limited-edition etchings, wine; noon to 8 p.m. Monday-Saturday; (803) 649-9463.

Ten years later, baseball almost fully recovered from strike
NEW YORK -- Ten years ago, they packed up the bats and balls and went home for the winter, wiping out the World Series and alienating millions.

Glavine loses two teeth in taxi accident
NEW YORK -- Mets pitcher Tom Glavine lost his two front upper teeth in an automobile accident Tuesday while going from LaGuardia Airport to nearby Shea Stadium in a taxi cab.

Carpenter leaves game with tightness in back
MIAMI -- St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Chris Carpenter left the game Tuesday at Florida in the third inning because of tightness in his lower back.

Tigers crush Athletics

Sport has matured since '94
NEW YORK - Ten years ago, they packed up the bats and balls and went home for the winter, wiping out the World Series and alienating millions.

Griffey lost for season - again
CINCINNATI - Ken Griffey Jr. will miss the rest of the season because of a torn right hamstring, the latest setback in a long line of injuries for the All-Star outfielder.

Giambi arrives in Tampa
TAMPA, Fla. (AP ) - A smiling and upbeat Jason Giambi arrived Tuesday at the New York Yankees' spring training complex to start working himself back into playing shape after being diagnosed with a benign tumor.

Giambi eager to return to Yankees
TAMPA, Fla. -- Jason Giambi expects to make a full recovery from health problems that have slowed him this summer and is confident he will return to the New York Yankees' lineup before the end of the season.

Vina done for the season
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Tigers second baseman Fernando Vina will not play again this season because of a partial tendon tear in his left knee.

Carpenter leaves game with tightness in back

Ten years later, baseball almost fully recovered from strike

Mets place Piazza on 15-day disabled list
NEW YORK -- Mike Piazza was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday because of inflammation in his left knee, leaving the New York Mets without their best hitter as they try to stay on the edge of the NL playoff race.

Royals send Berroa, the reigning Rookie of the Year, to Double-A Wichita
CHICAGO -- The Kansas City Royals sent struggling AL Rookie of the Year Angel Berroa to Double-A Wichita on Tuesday.

Griffey to miss rest of season with torn hamstring
CINCINNATI -- Ken Griffey Jr. will miss the rest of the season because of a torn right hamstring, the latest setback in a long line of injuries for the All-Star outfielder.

Giants co-owner Tisch fighting cancer
ALBANY, N.Y. -- New York Giants co-owner Robert Tisch has been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor.

Tigers crush Athletics
OAKLAND, Calif. -- After years of suffering through tough seasons with Detroit, Dmitri Young feels good about the Tigers' future.

Royals send Berroa, the reigning Rookie of the Year, to Double-A Wichita
CHICAGO -- The Kansas City Royals sent struggling AL Rookie of the Year Angel Berroa to Double-A Wichita on Tuesday.

Sport has matured since '94

Mets pitching coach suspended for slow pace, then reinstated
NEW YORK -- Mets pitching coach Rick Peterson was suspended for Tuesday night's game against Houston for violating baseball's slow pace policy, then was reinstated before the penalty took effect.

Giants co-owner Tisch fighting cancer

Vina done for the season

Royals send Berroa, the reigning Rookie of the Year, to Double-A Wichita

Mets place Piazza on 15-day disabled list

Royals send Berroa, the reigning Rookie of the Year, to Double-A Wichita

Boldin's knee a Cardinal concern

Boldin's knee a Cardinal concern
Tim Brown was reunited with Jon Gruden on Tuesday when he signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, joining the man who coached him in Oakland for four seasons.

Latest area births

Latest area births
Daniyah De'Veigh Taylor: Dontae L. Taylor and Rasheeda S. Beasley, both of Thomson, announce the birth of a daughter, Daniyah De'Veigh Taylor, Tuesday, July 20, 2004, at University Hospital. Grandparents are DeWayne and Melonie Lampkin and George and Viola Beasley, all of Thomson, and Danny and Linda Taylor, of Dearing, Ga.

Woman wins claim against landlord that she needs dog to fight depression
ROYAL OAK, Mich. -- A judge has upheld an order blocking an apartment complex from evicting a woman who says she needs to keep her late mother's dog because it helps her fight depression over the mother's death.

Odds and Ends
VERNON, Vt. -- It's not often that police get pulled over by a drunk driver.

Odds and Ends
KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- If he's still keeping a to-do list, John Sarver could add some new entries: go to prison, and pay restitution.

Cat loose in cockpit causes emergency landing in Brussels
BRUSSELS, Belgium -- A Belgian airliner made an emergency landing after an agitated passenger - a cat - got into the cockpit and attacked the co-pilot, the airline said Tuesday.

Braves power past Brewers
ATLANTA - A power outage in the fifth inning of Wednesday night's game at Turner Field provided a suitable backdrop to the past six weeks for the Atlanta Braves.

Chipper Jones out of lineup with sore hand

Braves fall in extra innings
ATLANTA - Chris Magruder led off the 10th inning with a home run off Atlanta reliever Tom Martin, lifting the Milwaukee Brewers past the Braves 3-2 on Tuesday night before 21,681 at Turner Field.

Father helps Chipper find his swing

Chipper Jones out of lineup with sore hand
ATLANTA -- Braves third baseman Chipper Jones missed Wednesday night's game against the Milwaukee Brewers with a bruised right hand.

Father helps Chipper find his swing
ATLANTA - In what has become an annual summer exercise, Chipper Jones' average is rising with the August temperatures.

Maker of DVD-copying products reaches settlement over suits
ST. LOUIS -- A company driven out of business by Hollywood and the video game industry over its DVD- and computer game-copying software has reached a settlement with the motion picture industry.

Toys "R" Us seeks to separate toy, Babies "R" Us businesses
WAYNE, N.J. -- Toys "R" Us Inc. said Wednesday it is exploring the possible sale of its global toy business as it pursues separating its toy and baby product divisions, sending shares down more than 4 percent.

Business briefs

IEA says high oil prices likely to persist despite favorable market trends

Trump casinos to file bankruptcy protection
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- You could call it Trump: The Art of the (Bankruptcy Restructuring) Deal.

Russia's Yukos receives default notice on $1.6 billion loan

Japan's central bank keeps policy steady again amid signs of recovery

Survey shows most organic farmers say prices holding steady

Race, summit boost image
ATLANTA - When it comes to marketing Georgia's image on a shoestring budget, a couple of international events can come in handy.

Retailer's quarterly earnings down, but sales increase 3 percent

Kmart, Home Depot narrow terms of store-purchase deal
TROY, Mich. -- Kmart Holding Corp. said Tuesday that the maximum number of stores it plans to sell to The Home Depot Inc. has been lowered from 24 to 19.

Business briefs

Drug company will expand Aiken plant
AIKEN - The GlaxoSmithKline Inc. pharmaceutical company announced plans Wednesday to invest about $25 million in the production of two new products at its Aiken plant, which officials say will create up to 70 new jobs.

Nike buys sports-gear maker Starter for $43 million

Maytag gives customers chance to take appliances for a spin
DES MOINES, Iowa -- A consumer looking for a clothes washer does a load of laundry to see if an appliance lives up to its advertising claims. And a shopper considering a new oven tries one out by baking a batch of cookies.

Time Inc. launches women's magazine
NEW YORK -- Time Inc., the largest magazine publisher in the country, is launching a monthly women's magazine this week that initially will be sold only at Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

Productivity increases at 2.9 percent rate in the second quarter

Business briefs
AUGUSTA'S TGI FRIDAY'S RESTAURANT IS EXPECTED TO ANNOUNCE TODAY IT WILL ADD A CATERING AND CARRY-OUT SERVICE, THE MOST SIGNIFICANT CHANGE IN OPERATIONS SINCE IT OPENED 13 YEARS AGO.

Maytag gives customers chance to take appliances for a spin

Nike buys sports-gear maker Starter for $43 million
BEAVERTON, Ore. - Nike Inc. said Wednesday it has acquired the parent company of the Starter athletic-gear brands for about $43 million.

Business briefs
Comcast Cable said it will launch local NBC affiliate's WAGT-TV's high-definition signal starting today, bringing to 10 the number of HD channels available to its subscribers.

Fed pushes interest rate up quarter of a percentage point

Productivity increases at 2.9 percent rate in the second quarter
WASHINGTON -- The productivity of American workers rose at an annual rate of 2.9 percent in the spring, the slowest increase since late 2002, the government reported Tuesday.

Race, summit boost image

Japan's central bank keeps policy steady again amid signs of recovery
TOKYO -- Japan's central bank kept its loose monetary policy unchanged Tuesday, and said the recovery of the world's second-largest economy was gaining momentum after a decade in the doldrums.

Retailer's quarterly earnings down, but sales increase 3 percent
CINCINNATI -- Second-quarter profits tumbled 35 percent at Federated Department Stores, largely because of the expense of buying back debt, while sales rose by 3 percent, the retailer reported Wednesday.

Maker of DVD-copying products reaches settlement over suits

Kmart, Home Depot narrow terms of store-purchase deal

Survey shows most organic farmers say prices holding steady
SAN FRANCISCO -- From alfalfa to oats to wine grapes, prices for organic produce and products have held steady for more than half of the nation's organic farmers, and more than a quarter said they are seeing prices inching up, a new survey shows.

IEA says high oil prices likely to persist despite favorable market trends
LONDON -- The world oil market is tight and uncertain, the International Energy Agency said Wednesday, but it questioned whether soaring prices were justified while supply still exceeds demand.

Fed pushes interest rate up quarter of a percentage point
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Reserve boosted a key short-term interest rate by a quarter-point on Tuesday as the central bank continued its campaign to keep inflation under control.

Japanese court approves merger talks to form world's biggest bank
TOKYO -- Banking giants UFJ Holdings and Mitsubishi Tokyo Financial Group can hold merger talks to form what would be the world's biggest bank, a Japanese high court ruled Wednesday. Media reports suggested the two could reach an agreement as soon as Thursday.

Drug company will expand Aiken plant

Trump casinos to file bankruptcy protection

Russia's Yukos receives default notice on $1.6 billion loan
MOSCOW -- Russia's beleaguered Yukos oil company received a default notice for a $1.6 billion loan, Russia's Interfax news agency reported Wednesday.

Revamped agency touts profitable opportunities
ATLANTA - Two nonpolluting industries - tourism and entertainment - look pretty attractive to the leaders of Georgia's newly named Department of Economic Development, and recruitment in those areas will be a priority.

Arkansas straps on pads for the first time

Arkansas straps on pads for the first time
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Arkansas began putting on pads for the first time this season on Wednesday in an afternoon practice at Fayetteville High School.

More spots for seniors might grow interest

Making history
It's not often you see African-Americans gain U.S. Senate nominations, but this year there are three such candidates. Two of them are in Illinois - Democrat state lawmaker Barak Obama is considered a sure bet to beat Alan Keyes, the GOP's perennial black presidential candidate when there's no incumbent running.

Talking trash

A stunning nomination
President Bush's nomination of U.S. Rep. Porter Goss of Florida to head up the Central Intelligence Agency apparently stunned his election-year foes. Goss' name had been bandied about for the CIA post for a couple of weeks after George Tenet resigned early last month, but the president seemingly backed off after Democrats indicated they'd use the confirmation hearings as an opportunity to beat up on the administration's handling of intelligence matters since 9-11.

Greenspan's mistake
Alan Greenspan is supposed to be a Republican, but don't tell that to the Bush family. The Federal Reserve Board chairman's handling of interest rates, say many political observers, slowed the 1992 recovery down so that candidate Bill Clinton's charge that the economy was in recession was credible enough for voters to throw President George H.W. Bush out of office.

Info blackout is wrong
Last month, two classified data storage units turned up missing at the U.S. Energy Department's Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico - the third such serious security breach there in the past year.

Making history

Talking trash
Richmond County property owners cannot be happy about Public Works Director Teresa Smith's recommendation that the Augusta Commission boost the annual garbage fee to about $240 - a $45 increase.

A stunning nomination

Info blackout is wrong

Greenspan's mistake

DVD reviews
Here's a look at some of the new releases in video and DVD:

Applause calendar
Send your event or group's schedule, pricing and other information to Steven Uhles, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928. Send information by fax to 722-7403.

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

New chain offers dinner and a movie, at the same time
AUSTIN -- A fledgling theater chain with national aspirations is giving "dinner and a movie" a whole new meaning.

Open tab
Ready for a night on the town? Here's a roundup of happenings at area clubs:

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

Things to do
TODAY-SATURDAY I LOVE YOU, YOU'RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE: Dinner 7 p.m., show 8 p.m., Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre; $15 show only to $32; 793-8552. or www.fortgordon.com/theatre.htm.

Good Bye, Lenin' trips up on plot but subplots save
Some things about Good Bye, Lenin are lost in translation.

Rick Fox files for divorce from Vanessa Williams
LOS ANGELES -- Former Los Angeles Laker Rick Fox has filed for divorce from singer-actress Vanessa Williams.

People in the News
NEW YORK -- Andre 3000 is the world's best-dressed man, according to Esquire magazine.

Former chess champion Spassky asks Bush to show ex-rival Fischer mercy
TOKYO -- Former world chess champion Boris Spassky has written an appeal to President Bush asking that he show mercy for his former rival Bobby Fischer and not seek Fischer's extradition from Japan, according to a copy of the letter faxed to media.

People in the News
HOLYOKE, Mass. -- When comedian Bill Cosby called police Chief Anthony Scott to praise his battle against street crime, the chief thought it was a joke.

Cargill reports increased earnings, strengthened meat business
MINNEAPOLIS -- Food and farm products conglomerate Cargill Inc.'s earnings rose 38 percent in the fourth quarter and its meat business strengthened, after trade was disrupted due to one case of mad cow disease in the United States and the outbreak of avian influenza in Asia.

Losses narrow at Japanese ISP Softbank

Cisco reports record fiscal fourth-quarter earnings
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Shares of Cisco Systems Inc. fell more than 10 percent Wednesday after the network equipment maker reported higher profits and sales, but expressed a degree of doubt about business in coming months, citing the recent slowdown in the economy.

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

Aramark's profit drops 28 percent, issues warning

Stocks climb on Fed statement
NEW YORK -- Investor sent stocks sharply higher Tuesday after the Federal Reserve reassured Wall Street that economic growth would continue despite a recent slowdown and a surge in oil prices. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 130 points in a late-session rally.

Stocks mixed amid tech troubles
NEW YORK -- The bears returned to Wall Street Wednesday, sending stocks lower as oil prices rose, a downbeat outlook from Cisco Systems Inc. weighed on technology shares and investors started having second thoughts about this week's interest rate hike.

Disney profits rise on strong theme park attendance
LOS ANGELES -- Net profits at media giant The Walt Disney Co. rose 20 percent in the third quarter, boosted mainly by increased attendance at its theme parks and growth at its cable networks.

Janus Capital reports dip in assets under management
DENVER -- Janus Capital Group reported its assets under management declined 4.7 percent to $129 billion in July, attributing most of the loss to a market downturn.

Cisco reports record fiscal fourth-quarter earnings
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Cisco Systems Inc. posted a 42 percent jump in earnings for its fiscal fourth quarter Tuesday as the networking giant continued to benefit from corporate spending on technology and success as it branches beyond its core business of routers and switches.

Tokyo stocks end higher on brighter U.S. economic outlook

Lower store divestiture costs help May earnings rise
ST. LOUIS -- May Department Stores Co. saw its second-quarter results swing into a profit from a year ago, though sales fell short of company's expectations.

Aramark's profit drops 28 percent, issues warning
PHILADELPHIA -Food-service provider Aramark Corp. posted a 28 percent skid in profit for its latest quarter, hurt by a calendar shift that led to one less service week for the company's domestic education sector.

Tokyo stocks narrowly mixed in early trading
TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks were narrowly mixed early Tuesday, but investor buying of financial sector shares helped the market shrug off an initial drop following Wall Street's slide overnight. The U.S. dollar was rising against the Japanese yen.

TV, cable send News Corp. results higher
NEW YORK -- News Corp., the media conglomerate run by Rupert Murdoch, reported an 8 percent increase in earnings for its fiscal fourth quarter on Wednesday, thanks in part to growth in its cable TV business and the Fox broadcast network.

Tokyo stocks narrowly mixed in early trading

Losses narrow at Japanese ISP Softbank
TOKYO -- Japanese Internet service provider Softbank Corp. narrowed its loss in the latest quarter as its broadband business grew and the cost of promoting it dwindled.

Lower store divestiture costs help May earnings rise

Tokyo stocks end higher on brighter U.S. economic outlook
TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks closed moderately higher Wednesday as investors welcomed the Federal Reserve's reassurance of U.S. economic growth and bought a variety of Japanese exporters and blue-chip banks. The U.S. dollar was higher against the Japanese yen.

Cargill reports increased earnings, strengthened meat business

Big Movers in the Stock Market

Google to end IPO registration Thursday

Cisco reports record fiscal fourth-quarter earnings

Disney profits rise on strong theme park attendance

Google to end IPO registration Thursday
SAN FRANCISCO -- Google Inc. will close the registration process for its IPO auction Thursday, setting the stage for the online search engine leader's hotly anticipated stock market debut.

Big Movers in the Stock Market

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

Grubbin': New Life Cafe

Grubbin': New Life Cafe
THE EATERY: New Life Cafe, 2825 Washington Road WHAT'S THERE: Organic sandwiches and salads

Wineries continuing to sprout up in New York state
MILLBROOK, N.Y. -- About 20 years ago, John Dyson bought an old dairy farm here in the rural Hudson Valley and started planting grapes in a fledgling effort at winemaking.

Wineries continuing to sprout up in New York state

Jackets get win minus Moss
As soon as Brandon Moss drove in his 100th run of the season, Augusta manager Chad Epperson knew he'd lost his all-star.

Wisconsin native chasing Ryder Cup berth will have plenty of fan support
HAVEN, WIS., -- This is the ultimate major week for Wisconsin native Jerry Kelly.

Slow start results in record round

Year's final major gives players a difficult test

Year's final major gives players a difficult test
HAVEN, Wis. - "PlayStation golf," Shigeki Maruyama calls it.

Club turns back the clock
Golfers take a step back in time when they walk on the first tee at Palmetto Golf Club in Aiken.

Course will see other tournaments
HAVEN, Wis. - On the eve of the first major championship played at Whistling Straits, PGA of America officials were eager to get the tournament started and end months of anticipation as to how the best players in the world will tackle the controversial Pete Dye design.

It's not easy being Ernie

It's not easy being Ernie
HAVEN, Wis. - It is hard to classify Ernie Els as a victim.

Howell wants spot on Cup team
HAVEN, Wis. - Another PGA Championship. Another deadline. Another target for Charles Howell.

Course will see other tournaments

Howell wants spot on Cup team

Slow start results in record round
AIKEN - Nothing was happening for Daniel Sloan over the first five holes of the Palmetto Amateur on Wednesday.

Wisconsin native chasing Ryder Cup berth will have plenty of fan support

Jackets get win minus Moss

Gomez awarded $2.9 million contract for next season in salary arbitration

Gomez awarded $2.9 million contract for next season in salary arbitration
TORONTO -- New Jersey Devils center Scott Gomez was awarded a one-year, $2.9 million contract in an arbitration settlement Tuesday.

Tropical Storm Bonnie, Hurricane Charley head for Florida
MIAMI -- Tropical Storm Charley strengthened into a hurricane Wednesday after prompting officials to order visitors out of part of the Florida Keys, while Tropical Storm Bonnie chugged across the Gulf of Mexico on a path that would carry heavy rain toward the already wet Florida Panhandle.

Storms threaten Florida coasts
MIAMI - Floridians on Wednesday braced for a double hit as Hurricane Charley aimed toward the Florida Keys and Tropical Storm Bonnie neared hurricane strength as it tracked toward the already-wet Florida Panhandle.

Tropical storm Bonnie on path toward Florida
MIAMI -- Back-to-back tropical storms moved closer to Florida early Wednesday, with Bonnie creeping across the Gulf of Mexico toward the Panhandle and a stronger Charley behind it prompting a hurricane watch for the lower Florida Keys.

Muffin mix is perfect for coffee cake
Muffin mixes are great to have on hand to whip up a quick side dish or treat, but I've discovered that they are good for more than muffins.

Enough bashing; Bush is our man

Hitler a Democrat? Notion is absurd

Schools rekindle football rivalry
The old "Turkey Day Game" between the Academy of Richmond Academy and Boys Catholic/Aquinas high schools was a huge event during the 1940s and '50s. They played 14 games on Thanksgiving afternoon between 1946 and 1959. This game attracted between 6,000 and 8,000 local fans and energized the entire Augusta area - and it was never played for a state championship; it was always played for fun and pride. Larry Jarrett Warrenville, S.C.

Smoak's Bakery thanks Augustans
I would like to convey my sincere thanks to the people in the Augusta area for their condolences given in response to the closing of Smoak's Bakery. Patricia Smoak Augusta

Smoak's Bakery will be sorely missed

Olde Town residents will put up fight

Smoak's Bakery will be sorely missed
To paraphrase Louisa May Alcott, Easter won't be Easter without Smoak's cake Easter eggs. Betty Timmerman North Augusta, S.C.

Schools rekindle football rivalry

Owner supports downtown revival
I take exception to the article on reviving downtown titled "Some owners block the way to renaissance," in the Aug. 8 Augusta Chronicle. The tone of the article is very negative and unfair toward me as a property owner. While you spend many words on what is wrong with the empty buildings, you fail to acknowledge the significant contribution that I and my businesses have made to downtown. Bonnie Ruben Augusta

Bush knows plenty about flip-flops
This is regarding the editorial titled "Playing with our safety" (Aug. 5). We subscribe to The Augusta Chronicle and Time magazine, and read The Washington Post, The New York Times and Newsweek online. Nowhere have I seen such a biased paper and articles as in The Augusta Chronicle. The Aug. 5 editorial is an example. Saroja Venkatraman Martinez

Take good, long look at liberty
On the occasion of the reopening of the Statue of Liberty to visitation by the public, it is appropriate to consider the importance of liberty in political discussion. Liberty is foundational to democracy. Today's political discourse, across the political spectrum, is dominated by ideological posturing, which is the nemesis of free discussion. Indeed, it is the nemesis of liberty itself. Allen Smith North Augusta, S.C.

MCG president's raise is outrageous

Olde Town residents will put up fight
The controversy surrounding the Houghton School might seem unimportant to some in our community, but the building is one of the most beautiful and historically significant structures in the city. In Augusta, a city that has seen much of its history burned or torn down, each remaining treasure has become more important Bill Mundell Augusta

Owner supports downtown revival

Hitler a Democrat? Notion is absurd
I wish to respond to the letter of Aug. 2 in which the writer expressed the sentiment that ".... In fact, Hitler was a perfect Democrat." I was horrified when I read this and I would like to clarify some points. Daniel R. Friedmann Augusta

Enough bashing; Bush is our man
I am so tired of all the Bush-bashing, I decided to take a stand. Kelly S. Miller Martinez

MCG president's raise is outrageous
From your article in the Aug. 4 paper ("MCG president will get raise"), I assume that the University System of Georgia Board of Regents is composed of independently wealthy people who have no regard about spending the state's money, but not their own, for a 52-percent increase in the salary of the Medical College of Georgia's president - and he didn't even request the salary adjustment. Charles J. Suchanek Martinez

Asheville offers something for every taste

Connecticut dairy farmer turning manure into cash

FDA approves two products to combat effects of dirty bombs

Backyard astronomy

Living briefs

There's good taste -- and supertaste

New service makes postage turns photos into postage

On business PCs, leave installation to the experts

On business PCs, leave installation to the experts
Workers at businesses that run Windows XP shouldn't take it upon themselves to update their desktops with Service Pack 2. Instead, they should let their company's computer gurus decide when and how to install the major security upgrade.

Hubble team told to press ahead with plans for robotic repairs
NASA's chief is urging his Hubble Space Telescope team to press ahead with plans for a robotic repair mission to the aging observatory, saying, "Let's go save the Hubble."

FDA approves two products to combat effects of dirty bombs
WASHINGTON -- The Food and Drug Administration approved two new products Wednesday designed to help deal with the consequences of terrorists using dirty bombs.

Living briefs
THE WINE: 2002 Lindemans Bin 75 Riesling, $8, Australia THE FLAVORS: Floral and citrus PAIRS WITH: Ginger-sesame crust grilled tuna over a mixed green salad with a ginger wasabi dressing.

Asheville offers something for every taste
Asheville, N.C., is a city of contrasts. Soaring mountains and vistas compete with funky shops and cultural extravaganzas including galleries, museums and street festivals.

Backyard astronomy
Beyond the bright lights of the city and high above the clouds, there's an entire universe waiting to be discovered.

New service makes postage turns photos into postage
SANTA MONICA, Calif. -- People who want to make postage more personal can now create stamps bearing photos of themselves, their children, their pets or just about anything else - as long as it's not obscene or blatantly violate copyrights.

Connecticut dairy farmer turning manure into cash
NORTH CANAAN, Conn. -- Beyond the Freund Farm's picturesque market, boasting fresh tomatoes and homemade apple pies, is a working dairy farm, complete with a half-acre lagoon brimming with cow manure.

Calif. woman dies of West Nile virus; state's death toll to three
LONG BEACH, Calif. -- An 88-year-old woman has died from the West Nile virus, bringing California's death toll from the mosquito-borne illness to three. Another possible death was suspected.

There's good taste -- and supertaste
Normally, people prize highly acute senses. They brag about 20-20 vision or the ability to eavesdrop on whispers from across the room. But taste is not so simple.

Roadwork delays anger residents
Three major road projects are far behind schedule, and members of a citizens advisory panel say it's time the Georgia Department of Transportation did something about it, perhaps by threatening to cut into lagging contractors' bottom lines.

Across the area

Officers locate bodies of 2 boat wreck victims

News you can use
AUG. 11, 1989 In the Augusta area's second midday bank robbery in as many days, an armed man held up the Bankers First branch office in Village West shopping center Thursday - and made his getaway on a bicycle.

School's initiative pays off
Janie Norris accomplished what nine other middle school principals couldn't.

Survivors celebrate new leases on life at games
When she faced her most severe heart problems, Sherrell Gay had only a 5 percent chance of survival, and her doctor said if she did live, she probably would end up with brain damage.

Smokers, nonsmokers resent notion of ban
Jenny Armstrong enjoys an after-dinner cigarette every now and then.

Developer of landfill brings suit over letter
The director of Georgia's Environmental Protection Division should be held in contempt of court over her agency's refusal to approve site plans for a controversial landfill in Taliaferro County, according to the Atlanta developers of the project.

Crash kills Greenbrier student

Officials attempt to block building
Augusta commissioners have signed a letter that will put a stop to any building activity at the Houghton school in Olde Town for 90 days.

Metro areas give boost to Majette
ATLANTA - Wealthy businessman Cliff Oxford says he has one regret about funding his failed Senate campaign with $1.8 million of his own money - he wishes he had spent even more.

Rants and raves
I'M JUST A CONCERNED citizen wondering why we had to send to China to get a fountain made for the college when I'm sure there are people in this country who could have done it instead of paying shipping. After all, this is a big country. Someone in the United States could have built this fountain. It seems like such a waste of money. The fountain is beautiful, but it could have been made in our own country by our own people.

Teen was to marry driver
Lea Christine Turner's father planned to walk her down the aisle Sunday. Instead, he'll bury her Saturday.

Center teems with mold, rust

Across the area
A Beech Island man died in a single-car wreck on North Silverton Road near Jackson early Wednesday, Aiken County Coroner's officials said.

News you can use

Rants and raves
I'M JUST A CONCERNED citizen wondering why we had to send to China to get a fountain made for the college when I'm sure there are people in this country who could have done it instead of paying shipping. After all, this is a big country. Someone in the United States could have built this fountain. It seems like such a waste of money. The fountain is beautiful, but it could have been made in our own country by our own people.

Court will name problem pupils

Fire squad raises ire in Windsor

County funding is unavailable for camp for addicted teens
John Small is looking to make a big difference in the lives of troubled youths.

Teen was to marry driver

Fish kills affect dam power

2 teens arrested in robberies

Across the area

Party lacks blacks in field
ATLANTA - Georgia Republicans won't be showcasing black candidates in top races this fall, but party officials say they are heartened by the strong finish of two of their most promising black contenders in the primary and runoff elections.

School's initiative pays off

Fire squad raises ire in Windsor
WINDSOR - In a familiar dispute, some residents of this small Aiken County town are at odds with the volunteer fire department, saying they've been denied access to records and that they object to the way the department appoints its governing board from within.

Across the area

Aiken, Barnwell schools open doors to new faces

News you can use

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - First lady Jenny Sanford had a hysterectomy Wednesday morning and was recovering in a Charleston hospital, the governor's spokesman said.

Kid of the day

Rants and raves
THIS is a RAVE for Officer Hightower and the rest of the night shift of the Richmond County Sheriff's Deputies that were instrumental in preventing the theft of my vehicle Dowtown last night. Keep up the great work guys and be ever vigilant!

Officials attempt to block building

Fish kills affect dam power
Fish kills at Thurmond Dam continued throughout the weekend, prompting three more shutdowns of the project's hydroelectric turbines, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Survivors celebrate new leases on life at games

Board keeps principal

ASU enrollment record allows for growth
A fancy front entrance and a spacious classroom building are just the beginning of drastic changes at Augusta State University.

Justice sets out backup rulings

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Preston Price Wheeler, 2, of Grovetown.

County wants ban on smoke

Around town
Annette M. Drowlette/staffBela Vitez, 82, takes a breather from his daily two-mile walk at Aiken's Hopeland Gardens, which is open to the public.

Citadel opens new barracks

Across the area
An Evans man who pleaded guilty to several counts of entering an automobile will spend the next 10 years on probation.

Hispanics can realize dream through housing community

Across Georgia
EATONTON - It is not clear when the property the federal government seized from religious sect leader Malachi York will be sold, U.S. Marshal Theresa Rodgers said.

DUI arrest can be tricky

Across South Carolina
SPARTANBURG - Three people have been charged in connection with the death of a Spartanburg County man.

Party lacks blacks in field

UGA enrolls smaller, higher-scoring class
ATHENS, Ga. - After overcrowding last year forced students into makeshift dorm rooms, the University of Georgia says 4,495 freshmen are expected this fall, in line with its expected target after nearly 5,200 freshmen enrolled last year.

Justice sets out backup rulings
CHARLESTON, S.C. - A federal judge in Charleston has issued backup sentences in two cases after an earlier Supreme Court ruling cast doubt on federal sentencing guidelines.

Throats of 3 children were slit before fire
COLUMBIA - Three children found dead in the ruins of their burned Rock Hill home had their throats slashed before one of their parents set the fire, authorities said Tuesday.

Throats of 3 children were slit before fire

Police find missile at Savannah home
SAVANNAH, Ga. - An anti-tank missile was found under the home of two men recently jailed on federal firearms charges who are also suspects in a trash bin explosion about a block from the house.

Rants and raves
THIS is a RAVE for Officer Hightower and the rest of the night shift of the Richmond County Sheriff's Deputies that were instrumental in preventing the theft of my vehicle Dowtown last night. Keep up the great work guys and be ever vigilant!

Hispanics can realize dream through housing community
SALUDA, S.C. - Milton Esperanza came to the United States from his native Mexico almost 10 years ago armed with ambition and little else.

Police find missile at Savannah home

State finalizes minibottle question
COLUMBIA - Attorney General Henry McMaster and other state officials clarified a referendum Tuesday that will appear on the November ballot asking residents whether the state should drop the requirement that restaurants and bars use minibottles to prepare liquor drinks.

Board keeps principal
GRANITEVILLE - Lilian Thomas will remain the principal of Midland Valley Preparatory School - at least for now - as the charter school's oversight board investigates allegations of fraud against her.

Court rushes runoff appeal
ATLANTA - The Georgia Supreme Court, which canceled Tuesday's runoff election for an open seat on the Court of Appeals, said it will expedite the lawsuit challenging the race's general election results.

Virus suspected in carp deaths
PINEVILLE, S.C. - A virus may have killed 50,000 carp in May on lakes Moultrie and Marion, a Department of Natural Resources biologist says.

DUI arrest can be tricky
AIKEN - South Carolina's tougher drunken driving law, with a lower blood-alcohol limit and stricter arrest procedures, was supposed to make it easier to sweep impaired motorists off the streets.

Soldiers to be moved to new resting place
WINTERVILLE, Ga. - The remains of five Confederate soldiers may get a new resting place after lying obscurely by a northeast Georgia church for nearly a century and a half.

Crash kills Greenbrier student
Lea Turner, a 17-year-old senior at Greenbrier High School, died at about 7 a.m. Tuesday. The driver, her boyfriend, is in critical condition.

Perdue warns of budget cuts
ATLANTA - The state will have to consider eliminating some of the services it provides as education and health-care costs crowd out other spending priorities, Gov. Sonny Perdue said Wednesday.

Damage at lock prompts warning
The Army Corps of Engineers has expressed concern about the condition of the New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam and warned the city about deteriorated valve bearings that could fail and make the locks inoperable.

Aiken, Barnwell schools open doors to new faces
BEECH ISLAND - With backpack straps over her small shoulders and pigtails neatly in place, Sabrina Ocak was ready for her first day of kindergarten at Redcliffe Elementary School.

County wants ban on smoke
Following on the heels of Columbia County, Richmond County health officials are moving to snuff out smoking. At least one bar owner, however, wants them to butt out.

2 teens arrested in robberies
Richmond County sheriff's deputies have arrested two Augusta teenagers after a series of armed robberies and carjackings early Wednesday morning.

Police identify slain UGA worker
ATHENS, Ga. - Authorities have identified a University of Georgia physical plant worker who was killed and three others who were injured Monday when a steam pipe exploded on UGA's South Campus.

Kid of the day

Officers locate bodies of 2 boat wreck victims
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Marine police recovered two bodies Tuesday - victims of a boating accident Sunday near a dock just south of Tybee Island's north beach.

Lawyer accused of false writings
An Augusta attorney split a fee with former state Rep. Robin Williams and aided others accused of stealing millions from an Augusta mental health center, a prosecutor alleges in court documents.

Citadel opens new barracks
CHARLESTON, S.C. - The not-so-secret underground rooms and tunnels are gone, but graffiti from the old barracks remains as The Citadel this week opens its new $28 million Padgett-Thomas Barracks.

Across Georgia
ALBANY - A review of the Albany police has found that the chief overruled standard procedures to hire an officer arrested last month on a shoplifting charge.

Majette will face Isakson
ATLANTA - U.S. Rep. Denise Majette became the first black candidate ever nominated for U.S. Senate in the state Tuesday as she defeated white businessman Cliff Oxford.

News you can use
AUG. 12, 1967 Delta Airlines will open a regional reservation center in the new Georgia Railroad Bank Building within the next year.

Court will name problem pupils
The Columbia County Juvenile Court agreed to inform the school system of child offenders that could pose a threat to pupils at Tuesday's school board meeting.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Tyler Torez Bell, 22 months, of Thomson.

Across South Carolina
SPARTANBURG - Three people have been charged in connection with the death of a Spartanburg County man.

Perdue warns of budget cuts

Center teems with mold, rust
The Richmond County Law Enforcement Center is in much worse shape than imagined, even by the workers who mop up every time it rains.

Metro areas give boost to Majette

Across Georgia
EATONTON - It is not clear when the property the federal government seized from religious sect leader Malachi York will be sold, U.S. Marshal Theresa Rodgers said.

Lawyer accused of false writings

Across the area
An Evans man who pleaded guilty to several counts of entering an automobile will spend the next 10 years on probation.

Smokers, nonsmokers resent notion of ban

Developer of landfill brings suit over letter

Virus suspected in carp deaths

Around town

UGA enrolls smaller, higher-scoring class

Glitch keeps pupils waiting
Students have resorted to napping, singing and playing tick-tack-toe at Butler High School this week after problems with a new computer program handicapped the school's ability to create class schedules.

Pedigrees are fading prerequisites to win major
HAVEN, Wis. - It is easy to pick a favorite to win this week's PGA Championship. It's not so easy to pick a winner.

Woods maintains his focus
HAVEN, Wis. - If Tiger Woods fails to win this week at Whistling Straits, he'll have enough missed majors in a row to fill two fists. Yet the world's No. 1 player isn't pounding them in frustration.

'Kill Bill' split may have hurt Oscar chances, Tarantino says

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'Kill Bill' split may have hurt Oscar chances, Tarantino says
LOS ANGELES -- Quentin Tarantino has just one regret about splitting his "Kill Bill" vengeance saga into two movies: The move may have undermined its Academy Awards prospects, particularly for star Uma Thurman.

Actress Julie Andrews tests her new voice in 'Princess Diaries 2'

At the Movies: 'The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement'
Three years ago, "The Princess Diaries" fused the classic "ugly duckling" story with "Cinderella" and made it both funny and endearing.

At the Movies: 'The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement'

Short's Hollywood parody 'Jiminy Glick' closes Toronto fest
TORONTO -- Martin Short is taking Hollywood to task with "Jiminy Glick in Lalawood," a comic tale of celebrity culture that will close next month's Toronto International Film Festival.

Mini-reviews
Movies are listed with theater locations through Wednesday.

Short's Hollywood parody 'Jiminy Glick' closes Toronto fest

Actress Julie Andrews tests her new voice in 'Princess Diaries 2'
LOS ANGELES - While theaters will be alive with the sound of Julie Andrews in song again, the actress insists it falls short of all-out singing.

Princess Diaries' star Hathaway is ready to hang up tiara
LOS ANGELES - Either that princess training rubbed off on Anne Hathaway, or she's a palace natural possessing a queen's confidence and a diplomat's discretion.

Princess Diaries' star Hathaway is ready to hang up tiara

'Idol' finalist Diana DeGarmo finds life on the road is hectic

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Hard-working band is happy to perform
Guitarist Craig Amorosi, drummer Roman Howerton and bass player Scott Baskin played together for 18 months before meeting vocalist Quin10 Watts six months ago, giving life to the band Kill Radius.

Featured musician
NAME: Not Gaddy AGE: 50 HOMETOWN: Winston-Salem, N.C.; moved to Augusta in 1982

Hot ticket

Hot ticket
WHO: Linkin Park, with Snoop Dogg, Korn and The Used

Thanks for your votes for best singer-songwriter

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

Don Ho, legendary Hawaiian crooner, still going strong
HONOLULU -- Dressed in a bright Hawaiian shirt, raspberry-tinted glasses and his trademark white slacks and loafers, Don Ho creeps into a white rattan throne behind his electric organ and begins to sing "Tiny Bubbles."

Thanks for your votes for best singer-songwriter
We asked Augusta's singer-songwriters to share their notes, and the hits just kept coming.

'Idol' finalist Diana DeGarmo finds life on the road is hectic
The American TV-watching public might have chosen Fantasia Barrino as their American Idol, but Diana DeGarmo knows she'll have the home-field advantage Sunday when she and her fellow American Idol finalists perform at Atlanta's Philips Arena.

Don Ho, legendary Hawaiian crooner, still going strong

Sponsor promos irk some winners

Sponsor promos irk some winners
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. - NASCAR is so determined to make good on its sponsorship commitments it will lay out specific rules for post-race procedures.

Meek is chic for Francis

NASCAR newsmaker Kasey Kahne
Rookie Kasey Kahne finished fourth last week at Indianapolis and moved just 31 points from the top 10.

NASCAR newsmaker Kasey Kahne

Meek is chic for Francis
Ken Francis' eyes are usually hidden under the bill of his Dodge cap and his voice is easily lost among the normal garage area chatter. No matter, Francis wasn't hired as Jeremy Mayfield's crew chief to be a cheerleader.

Hawks makeover nearly complete
ATLANTA - Billy Knight nearly is done with his rebuilding. Closing in on his one-year anniversary as general manager of the Atlanta Hawks, only two players remain from the roster he inherited.

NBA Board of Governors approves Nets sale

Accuser files civil lawsuit against Kobe Bryant; experts say it could cripple criminal case
DENVER -- The woman accusing Kobe Bryant of rape filed a federal civil lawsuit against the NBA star Tuesday, a move legal experts said could cripple the criminal case less than three weeks before the trial begins.

Bryant prosecutors seek delay in case, suggest accuser isn't ready to testify
DENVER -- Prosecutors have asked the judge in Kobe Bryant's sexual assault case to put the trial on hold indefinitely, saying courthouse gaffes have crippled the chances of seating an unbiased jury and suggesting the accuser is not ready to testify against the NBA star.

NBA Board of Governors approves Nets sale
The NBA Board of Governors on Wednesday unanimously approved the sale of the New Jersey Nets to an ownership group which plans to move the team to New York.

Bryant prosecutors seek delay in case, suggest accuser isn't ready to testify

Accuser files civil lawsuit against Kobe Bryant; experts say it could cripple criminal case

Akins has season-ending surgery

Draft nearly ready to practice after heart tests, asthma flareup

Tim Brown reunited with Gruden in Tampa Bay

Fear of injuries could put owners off of picking Vick

Atlanta's starter's health is a concern

Dolphins relying on defense - again

Vick just wants to forget injury

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U.S. hopes to reclaim diving prominence in Athens
There was a time when the United States went to the Olympics expecting to capture plenty of gold, silver and bronze at the diving pool.

United States top Turkey in men's basketball
ISTANBUL, Turkey -- With the crowd jeering and whistling, the U.S. Olympic basketball team pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 80-68 victory Tuesday night to cap an anxious day in this ancient city and an eventful pre-Olympic tour.

Greece spends $1.2 billion on security
ATHENS, Greece -- Giorgos Voulgarakis knows his nation faces a daunting task: protecting thousands of athletes and millions of spectators at the Summer Games from an unprecedented range of domestic and international threats.

Summer fun? Not quite for gymnasts on Olympic bubble
Summer camp is supposed to be all about fun and swimming and horseback riding and hot dogs, right? Not for those with designs of being on the U.S. Olympic gymnastics team.

Athens marks the end for a generation of U.S. women's soccer stars
An electronic sign at the national soccer training center near Los Angeles has been counting down the days until the start of the Olympics, a simple tool meant to excite and motivate the U.S. women's team.

Will Dimas, Kakiasvilis be golden Greeks for a fourth time?
The Super Bowl is a certain TV ratings generator in the United States. In England, World Cup soccer does the trick. In Greece, there's Pyrros Dimas and Kakhi Kakiasvilis.

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

U.S. women blank Greece in soccer
IRAKLION, Greece -- The goal was classic Mia. Her assist was even better - and a lot more fun to watch.

U.S. women blank Greece in soccer

Roddick, Williams sisters top fields
Andy Roddick is familiar with the spoils that come with being a top tennis player: a U.S. Open title, No. 1 ranking, more than $6.5 million in prize money, endorsement deals.

Greek jewelry designer turns 'mistake' into Olympic medals
ATHENS, Greece -- The gold, silver and bronze medals have a new look for the Athens Olympics - a redesign that's unique, Greek and even a little chic.

Athens through the ages
Selected events in the history of Athens:

American team inexperienced while Cubans, Russians strong
Andre Dirrell has heard the talk, and knows the expectations are low.

Americans cap eventful day
ISTANBUL, Turkey - With the crowd jeering and whistling, the U.S. Olympic basketball team pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 80-68 victory Tuesday night to cap an anxious day in this ancient city and an eventful pre-Olympic tour.

Wiser Webb back on track for an Olympic medal - someday
More than ever, Alan Webb looks like America's long-awaited great hope in the 1,500 meters - that most glamorous of track events.

U.S. coach deals with wife's death
ATHENS, Greece - Life seemed so perfect and exciting for everyone inside the close-knit family of softball's Team USA on July 17.

Olympic flame arrives in ancient Marathon
ATHENS, Greece -- The Olympic flame arrived Tuesday at the ancient site of Marathon three days before the opening ceremony.

As clock counts down, ticket sales surging
ATHENS, Greece -- With the opening ceremony drawing closer, ticket sales for the Athens Games are making an expected surge, including a mad dash by cycling fans.

After nearly 3,000 years, Olympics still worth celebrating
The ancient gods must be having a gloriously raucous time watching all the mortals scurry and worry over the return of the Olympic Games to Greek soil.

Australians ready to take on America - and the world
ATHENS, Greece -- No home crowds, an outdoor pool and maybe even a tougher American team this time around. Everything's shaping up just fine for the Australian swimmers at the Athens Games.

Special training required for beach volleyball players
HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- If you plan to take up beach volleyball, you'll need to find your "sand legs."

Thompson takes final aim at fourth U.S. Olympic swim team
LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Jenny Thompson already has a record 10 Olympic medals. It's not enough.

Greek jewelry designer turns 'mistake' into Olympic medals

NBC's Olympics coverage spans seven networks
NEW YORK -- If you can't find your favorite Olympic events on television this summer, don't go crying to NBC.

It's a miracle: Gardner finally healthy as he tries for Olympic repeat
Rulon Gardner isn't worried this time about the invulnerable Alexander Karelin, the near-mythical Russian giant who had never lost an international wrestling match and certainly wasn't supposed to lose to Gardner in the 2000 Olympics.

Capsules on Olympic events
Selected events at the Athens Games, Aug. 13-29:

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Lennox Lewis makes donation to Muhammad Ali Center

Area sports announcements

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Musketeers duo announce plans

Musketeers duo announce plans
The Richmond Academy boys soccer team received their Class AAA state titles rings last week. It capped a week of great news.

Area sports announcements
Silver Bluff High School will host an Aiken County football jamboree on Friday, beginning at 7 p.m. Admission will be $5. The game will be live and at full speed and in full pads.

Lennox Lewis makes donation to Muhammad Ali Center
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Lennox Lewis has come through with a hefty donation to honor the career and ideals of his idol, Muhammad Ali.

NOT JUST FOR KICKS
With an evening blue-and-gold-streaked sky and the Savannah River providing a serene backdrop, the Jessye Norman Amphitheatre seems an odd place for kickboxing practice.

Overtime
Silver Bluff High School will host an Aiken County football jamboree on Friday, beginning at 7 p.m. Admission will be $5. The game will be live and at full speed and in full pads.

Vick just wants to forget injury
BALTIMORE - Michael Vick won't discuss last year's preseason disaster, and he has no interest in drawing comparisons to tonight's game (8 p.m., ESPN) against the Ravens.

Draft nearly ready to practice after heart tests, asthma flareup
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Chris Draft returned to the field but did not practice Tuesday after undergoing a catheter test on the left side of his heart.

Tim Brown reunited with Gruden in Tampa Bay
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Tim Brown signed Tuesday with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a move that reunites the former Oakland receiver with ex-Raiders coach Jon Gruden and general manager Bruce Allen.

Akins has season-ending surgery
DAVIE, Fla. -- Miami Dolphins safety Chris Akins is expected to miss the season after undergoing knee surgery for torn ligaments on Wednesday.

Warner ahead of Manning - for now
ALBANY, N.Y. - Kurt Warner will start ahead of Eli Manning in the New York Giants' exhibition opener.

Shockey practices for first time since foot surgery
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Pro Bowl tight end Jeremy Shockey practiced Wednesday with the New York Giants for the first time since having surgery on his right foot on June 22.

Dolphins relying on defense - again
DAVIE, Fla. -- The Miami Dolphins have had one of the league's best defenses for six consecutive seasons.

Bengals sign No. 1 pick, RB Chris Perry
GEORGETOWN, Ky. -- Running back Chris Perry, the Cincinnati Bengals' first-round draft pick, ended signed with the team on Tuesday to end an 11-day holdout.

Fear of injuries could put owners off of picking Vick
Here's a question that could stump Jeopardy whiz Ken Jennings: Where will Michael Vick end up in your fantasy draft?

Atlanta's starter's health is a concern
GREENVILLE, S.C. - Chris Draft returned to the field but did not practice Tuesday after undergoing a catheter test on the left side of his heart.

Fans' loyalty, renewed success comes as surprise to musician

Fans' loyalty, renewed success comes as surprise to musician
Few recording artists get a second chance at popularity, but Con Hunley seems to be doing fine with his first single in 18 years.

Woods maintains his focus

Hollywood can change song's meaning forever

Campaign is a time for strange political TV appearances
NEW YORK -- Roland Martin reeled in a big one for his weekly fishing show on the Outdoor Life Network.

CBS' comedy "Two and a Half Men" proving a summertime hit
NEW YORK -- The comedy "Two and a Half Men" has quietly gained momentum during rerun season this summer, perhaps calming CBS' fears about what will happen when "Everybody Loves Raymond" retires next year.

CBS' comedy "Two and a Half Men" proving a summertime hit

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After 800 books, C-SPAN's Brian Lamb bringing 'Booknotes' to an end
NEW YORK -- After talking with 800 authors, Brian Lamb will close the book on "Booknotes," his weekly C-SPAN interview series. The final broadcast will be Dec. 5, the network announced Tuesday.

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Lumpkin done for year
ATHENS, Ga. - Kregg Lumpkin, who was expected to be Georgia's starting tailback, will be lost for the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, Georgia officials confirmed Tuesday.

Lumpkin to miss season with ACL injury

Lumpkin to miss season with ACL injury
ATHENS, Ga. -- Kregg Lumpkin, who was expected to be Georgia's starting tailback, will be lost for the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, Georgia officials confirmed Tuesday.

Lumpkin done for year

Ware adjusts to role of top tailback
ATHENS, Ga. - It wasn't easy for Danny Ware to watch on television as Kregg Lumpkin chewed up the yards last season as a freshman playing in the Southeastern Conference for Georgia.

Ware adjusts to role of top tailback

Hollywood can change song's meaning forever
Sometimes, the song doesn't remain the same.

More spots for seniors might grow interest
The senior division of the Regions Cup amateur series didn't even exist for the first five years of the circuit, which started in 1988.

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Cat loose in cockpit causes emergency landing in Brussels

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