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

Padres continue wild-card surge
CHICAGO - Khalil Greene singled home the go-ahead run in the 11th inning and the San Diego Padres beat the Chicago Cubs 5-4 on Thursday to move within a game of the NL wild-card lead.

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.

Mets place Piazza on 15-day disabled list

Twins tops Mariners

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.

White Sox edge out Royals

Padres rip Cubs after 11 innings

Twins tops Mariners
SEATTLE -- Johan Santana had more than enough to beat the Seattle Mariners.

Tigers crush Athletics

Floyd, Reyes latest injured Mets
NEW YORK -- Outfielder Cliff Floyd and infielder Jose Reyes joined the New York Mets' lengthy injured list, kept out of the starting lineup for Thursday's 2-1 win over the Houston Astros.

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.

White Sox edge out Royals
CHICAGO -- White Sox utilityman Ross Gload got a rare chance to play and came through.

Floyd, Reyes latest injured Mets

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.

Padres rip Cubs after 11 innings
CHICAGO -- Khalil Greene singled home the go-ahead run in the 11th inning and the San Diego Padres beat the Chicago Cubs 5-4 Thursday to move within a game of the NL wild-card lead.

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

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.

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.

Chipper Jones out of lineup with sore hand

Braves get to Sheets
ATLANTA - It would have been hard to find anyone in the home clubhouse Thursday night who watched replays of Ben Sheets setting down 18 Braves on strikes last May and didn't relish facing Milwaukee's ace again.

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.

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.

Google founders' Playboy interview may raise regulatory concerns
Google founders' Playboy interview may raise regulatory concerns

Warner Bros. buys video game producer Monolith
LOS ANGELES -- Television and film studio Warner Bros. has expanded its interactive gaming capabilities by acquiring video game producer Monolith Productions, officials said Thursday.

Nike buys sports-gear maker Starter for $43 million

Saudi pledge to raise output fails to calm crude oil prices
WASHINGTON -- Crude oil prices jumped above $45 a barrel Thursday, pushed higher by an array of uncertainties in oil-producing nations at a time when demand is strong and the world's excess output capacity is thin.

GM recalls Buick Regal, Century for headlight problems

GM recalls Buick Regal, Century for headlight problems
WASHINGTON -- General Motors Corp. is recalling 199,793 Buick Regal and Century sedans, nearly five years after federal officials determined their headlights don't meet safety standards, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Thursday.

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

Retail sales rebound in July
WASHINGTON -- Retail sales, which had taken a sharp plunge in June, rebounded by 0.7 percent last month while the number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell to a five-week low in early August.

Business briefs

Retail sales rebound in July

Warner Bros. buys video game producer Monolith

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.

Federal deficit hits new record with two months to go in budget year

Federal deficit hits new record with two months to go in budget year
WASHINGTON -- With two months still to go in the government's budget year, the federal deficit has hit a record $395.8 billion.

Survey shows most organic farmers say prices holding steady

Higher oil prices rattle Asia, but China still on buying binge
BEIJING -- Although China is now the world's No. 3 oil importer, depending on foreign fuel to run its booming factories, the country's consumption remains strong even with crude surpassing $45 a barrel.

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

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.

Drug company will expand Aiken plant

Saudi pledge to raise output fails to calm crude oil prices

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

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.

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.

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.

Google founders' Playboy interview may raise regulatory concerns

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.

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.

GM to trim Saturn plant production, 300 to 400 jobs affected
DETROIT -- General Motors Corp. says it is trimming production of its slow-selling Ion compact car at its Saturn assembly plant in Spring Hill, Tenn., affecting 300 to 400 jobs, though union officials say no one will be laid off.

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.

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.

Higher oil prices rattle Asia, but China still on buying binge

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.

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.

Coastal Carolina looking for depth, improve on winning season
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- It was a busy offseason for Coastal Carolina coach David Bennett.

Coastal Carolina looking for depth, improve on winning season

Arkansas straps on pads for the first time

Greenspan's mistake

A memorial to Lea
She was a beautiful and bright Greenbrier High School senior, he a 21-year-old computer genius and entrepreneur.

A stunning nomination

Making history

Games must go on

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.

Dog ate the software?
Usually during this time of year, the focus is on getting students ready for school again. This year, however, in some Richmond County high schools, the focus is on getting the teachers ready.

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.

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.

Games must go on
Many of us still remember the nightmarish scenes of Arab terrorists who ultimately killed 11 Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich games.

Actor Tom Sizemore arrested on probation violation
WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. -- Actor Tom Sizemore was arrested Wednesday on a probation violation and released after posting $10,000 bail, authorities said.

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.

People in the News
BOSTON -- Eunice Kennedy Shriver was in good condition at a Boston hospital Thursday after being treated for hypothermia earlier in the week.

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

Photographer sues singer Aguilera and her bodyguard
LOS ANGELES -- Christina Aguilera and a bodyguard were sued by a photographer who says the guard punched and spat on him after he took the singer's picture outside a Hollywood nightclub last year.

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.

Studio fire destroys Black Eyed Peas' gear
BURBANK, Calif. -- A fire broke out early Wednesday in a studio where the Black Eyed Peas were recording a new album, destroying about $500,000 in gear and instruments, authorities and band members said.

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

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

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

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

Cisco reports record fiscal fourth-quarter earnings

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.

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.

Wal-Mart posts 8.5 percent increase in second-quarter profits

Big Movers in the Stock Market

Payless ShoeSource profit falls on charge

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.

Tokyo stocks close lower on Wall Street's losses

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.

Rates on 30-year mortgages fall to lowest level in nearly four months
WASHINGTON -- Rates on 30-year mortgages dipped to the lowest level in nearly four months this week, providing more support for the booming housing market.

HP's third-quarter earnings miss Wall Street expectations

Tokyo stocks close lower on Wall Street's losses
TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks closed lower Thursday as investors sold key technology issues in slow summer-holiday trading following the U.S. Nasdaq composite index's slide on Wall Street overnight. The U.S. dollar was down against the Japanese yen.

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

HP's third-quarter earnings miss Wall Street expectations
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Computer and printer giant Hewlett Packard Co. reported a 9 percent jump in third-quarter revenues Thursday, but the results fell short of expectations in part because of what the company termed "unacceptable execution" by its server and storage business. HP also said its current quarter would fall below expectations.

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.

Wal-Mart posts 8.5 percent increase in second-quarter profits
BENTONVILLE, Ark. -- Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world's largest retailer, posted an 8.5 percent increase in profits in the second quarter,though sales were below plan.

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.

Payless ShoeSource profit falls on charge
TOPEKA, Kan. (Dow Jones/AP) - Payless ShoeSource Inc. said Thursday its profit fell 29 percent in the latest quarter, hurt by a restructuring charge.

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.

Stocks drop on earning surprise, higher oil prices
NEW YORK -- Rising crude oil prices and disappointing earnings from Hewlett-Packard Co. sent stocks plummeting Thursday, with the Dow shedding more than 120 points and all three major indexes reaching new year-to-date lows.

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.

Aramark's profit drops 28 percent, issues warning

Rates on 30-year mortgages fall to lowest level in nearly four months

Losses narrow at Japanese ISP Softbank

Fishing tournament news

Storm makes schooling iffy
Hybrids and striped bass are schooling at long last, but because of the current weather situation, it may be awhile before anglers can test the Thurmond Lake waters.

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

The fish payoff

Storm makes schooling iffy

The fish payoff
Taking a kid fishing can turn into quality time well spent between youngsters and adults, especially if they have any luck. There was luck aplenty for 8-year-old Rico Viera, son of Bobbie McCahill of Hephzibah, and 5-year-old Bryce Biggerstaff, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Biggerstaff of North Augusta. Rico went fishing in a private pond in Grovetown with Uncles George Handy and Abel Handy and cousin Duane Woods. Rico, a third-grader at Tobacco Road Elementary, caught this 4-pound "whopper" bass and three bream. Bryce fished with his grandfather, Bob Platson, in a private pond near Grovetown and caught a 16-pound catfish, using chicken liver for bait. He battled the fish for about 15 minutes before bringing it to the bank.

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

Grubbin': New Life Cafe

Gardeners can get rid of pests without harming their plants

Use spray to control pine pests
Pine beetles are a problem in the Augusta area this summer. They are always worse when we experience drought conditions. There are three beetle varieties that can infest our pines - the Southern pine beetle, the ips engraver beetle and the black turpentine beetle.

Gardeners can get rid of pests without harming their plants
Few things are as dispiriting as the vision of whiteflies or caterpillars devouring the vegetables you've carefully cultivated.

Use spray to control pine pests

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.

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.

Howell wants spot on Cup team

Pros tame PGA beast

Howell happy with first-round performance
HAVEN, Wis. - Charles Howell woke up Thursday and turned on his computer to see where he stood.

Course will see other tournaments

Howell happy with first-round performance

Singh shines in marquee group
HAVEN, Wis. - It was the marquee group of the PGA Championship's first round, but only Vijay Singh held up his end of the hype.

Wie makes second-round exit in U.S. Women's Amateur

It's not easy being Ernie

Singh shines in marquee group

Pros tame PGA beast
HAVEN, Wis. - Summer hasn't been the best of seasons for European players in golf's major championships.

Tiger goes off track
HAVEN, Wis. -- With a touch of bravado - but not a lot of touch with his putter - Tiger Woods played himself into a desperate position at the PGA Championship.

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.

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

Wie makes second-round exit in U.S. Women's Amateur
ERIE, Pa. - Michelle Wie blew a late lead, losing the last three holes and her match to In-Bee Park in the second round of the U.S. Women's Amateur on Thursday.

Slow start results in record round

Jackets get win minus Moss

Wild re-sign Brunette, Mitchell

Wild re-sign Brunette, Mitchell
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota Wild avoided arbitration with left wing Andrew Brunette and defenseman Willie Mitchell by re-signing both players to one-year, $1.7 million contracts on Thursday.

Phoenix signs Comrie to two-year deal

Phoenix signs Comrie to two-year deal
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Phoenix Coyotes signed center Mike Comrie to a two-year contract Thursday.

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.

Masses flee Hurricane Charley
TAMPA, Fla. - Officials warned about a million residents and tourists along Florida's Gulf Coast on Thursday to get out of the way of Hurricane Charley, saying parts of Tampa's downtown and nearby areas could be submerged by the massive storm surge likely when the hurricane strikes today.

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.

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.

Child enjoys tales of a time before remotes
So it's Friday the 13th. Are you feeling lucky?

Culinary legend Julia Child dies at 91
NEW YORK -- Julia Child, whose warbling, encouraging voice and able hands brought the intricacies of French cuisine to American home cooks through her television series and books, died in her sleep three days before what would have been her 92nd birthday.

Kerry was characterized unfairly
Your Aug. 5 editorial "Playing with our safety" says that Sen. John Kerry "has become legendary for flip-flops." Perhaps. However, on the terror threat issue, this is not true. Gerard A. Bongiovanni Augusta

Community center offers thanks

Pitcher feature was splendid news
Thank you, Augusta Chronicle. What a blessing to read about a Jesus-loving young man who is giving God the glory for his talents and abilities ("Pitcher's character outshines skills on diamond," Aug. 1). Fran Barrow Louisville, Ga.

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

Intelligent Bush plays possum
The Augusta Chronicle chose for its Aug. 7 masthead a quotation from the fifth-century-B.C. Chinese general Sun-Tzu: "A military operation involves deception. Even though you are competent, appear to be incompetent. Though effective, appear to be ineffective." At first, I wondered why. I think I get it now! Charles Heywood Martinez

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

Pitcher feature was splendid news

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.

Kerry was characterized unfairly

Schools rekindle football rivalry

Community center offers thanks
This letter is to thank the Augusta community for the wonderful way it has supported the historic Shiloh Comprehensive Community Center for 27 years - especially this year, when funds were a necessity. Your generous donations enabled us to keep our doors open and serve the needy. Ruth B. Crawford Augusta

Intelligent Bush plays possum

'Chronicle' underplayed Chalabi
Once again, The Augusta Chronicle has demonstrated that its presentation of the news is infected by its political bias. Greg Weis Aiken, S.C.

'Chronicle' underplayed Chalabi

Study: T. rex had explosive growth spurt during teen years

FDA approves two products to combat effects of dirty bombs

New service makes postage turns photos into postage

The Winner's Circle: Evening Up the Score

On business PCs, leave installation to the experts

Federal panel says Americans should exercise more, eat less

Red Line coupe is raucous on road

Asheville offers something for every taste

Red Line coupe is raucous on road
Despite its name, the new-for-2004 Saturn Ion Red Line Quad Coupe isn't offered with red exterior paint. Black, silver and blue are the only factory colors available.

Study: T. rex had explosive growth spurt during teen years
NEW YORK -- Think your teenager is growing fast? A new study says Tyrannosaurus rex launched into an explosive growth spurt in its teen years, packing on an average of nearly 5 pounds a day.

Federal panel says Americans should exercise more, eat less
WASHINGTON -- Americans should cut calories and salt, eat more whole grain products and do moderate exercise like brisk walking or gardening for at least 30 minutes a day, federal advisers said Wednesday.

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.

The Winner's Circle: Evening Up the Score
STORY SO FAR: Ben is haunted by matches that the evil Joe Pastore keeps leaving for him to find. He knows he's not a firebug like his dad, but he isn't fitting in at Wind Rider Farms, either.

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.

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.

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.

Board revises Larke's contract

Naked boaters draw drivers' eyes on I-77
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Some motorists on Interstate 77 at Lake Norman have complained about nude boaters, and others have stopped to watch.

School's initiative pays off

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.

Storm poses few problems for Augusta
While Tropical Storm Bonnie's clouds loomed, the storm didn't cause as many problems Thursday as predicted, officials said.

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.

Officer is accused of sexual assault

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.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Jared L. Hollowell, 5, of North Augusta.

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.

Commissioners curtail list of sales tax projects
Augusta commissioners met Thursday and agreed to pare down to $32.5 million the list of sales tax recreation projects they plan to put before voters this fall.

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

Board revises Larke's contract
Making a dramatic point of voting in public, the Richmond County Board of Education approved several changes Thursday to the contract of Superintendent Charles Larke.

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

Commissioners curtail list of sales tax projects

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.

Naked boaters draw drivers' eyes on I-77

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.

Make Kids Count contest trims field

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.

Older artists mourn closing
Seniors who went to the Senior Citizens Council on 15th Street for lunch or exercise may transfer to one of the city's recreation centers, but where will the senior artists go?

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.

Cancer won't stop Kemp's campaign
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Though undergoing treatment for prostate cancer, veteran state Sen. Rene Kemp says he still plans to campaign actively for re-election.

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.

Across the area
State and local authorities have charged a Lincolnton police officer with child molestation, officials said Thursday.

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.

Rants and raves
THIS IS A SUGGESTION on the garbage increase fee. Why not eliminate Friday collection? Having garbage one day a week is plenty. Friday's garbage is usually very little. That would eliminate the cost of increasing the garbage fee.

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.

Judge rejects Walker appeal

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.

Pupils who confess may earn mercy

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.

Kid of the day

Fire squad raises ire in Windsor

Older artists mourn closing

Party lacks blacks in field

Center gives out last senior meals

2 teens arrested in robberies

Storm poses few problems for Augusta

Paratroopers train against bombs
FORT BRAGG, N.C. - Army paratroopers in Fort Bragg are now learning how to respond to what's become a frequent danger in Afghanistan and Iraq - roadside bombs - before they deploy overseas.

News you can use

Officer is accused of sexual assault
SAVANNAH, Ga. - A Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department officer has been accused of sexually assaulting a 38-year-old man during an arrest three weeks ago, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court in the Southern District of Georgia on Tuesday.

Pupils who confess may earn mercy
Richmond County pupils will find school officials more forgiving this year if they are willing to confess their crimes.

Assault suspect has sex offense record
A man arrested by Richmond County sheriff's deputies Thursday in connection with a sex offense is listed on the county's sex offender registry for a prior conviction, records show.

Around town
Armon Purse, 19, a Cross Creek High School student, fills out an admissions application at Augusta Technical College's open house. "Now I just have to decide what to major in," he said.

Coroner says teen was assaulted
ROCK HILL, S.C. - York County's coroner says a 14-year-old found dead in a house fire this week had been sexually assaulted a few days earlier.

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.

Across Georgia
BUFORD - A 46-year-old inmate at a state prison was killed and later found by guards in his cell.

Dipping his dogs
Tripp Seay, of North Augusta, lowers his dog Jeffery into the Savannah River from a dock on the South Carolina bank. Jeffery and Mr. Seay's other dog, Nippers, enjoyed the water Thursday when the rain stopped.

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.

Man pleads guilty in DUI case
AIKEN - With tears in her eyes, an Aiken woman told a judge Thursday how her life had been "changed forever" as the result of a drunken driver.

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.

Center gives out last senior meals
Augusta seniors who have gone to the Senior Citizens Council on 15th Street for food and fellowship for years said goodbye Thursday as center personnel served the last meal and cleaned out the pantry.

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.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - The postcard at Cracker Barrel restaurants said "Greetings from Columbia," but the fountain in the picture won't be found near the city.

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!

Kerry irks some with waste talk
AIKEN - Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry's comments opposing the burial of nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain this week place him at odds with South Carolina politicians both Republican and Democrat, even one who has written a deal that would allow millions of gallons of radioactive residue to remain buried at the Savannah River Site.

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

Make Kids Count contest trims field
Laura Bentley has no idea how much college will cost by the time her daughter, Jordan Bentley, heads to the university of her choice, but she might have $10,000 toward tuition thanks to the Make Kids Count Scholarship Contest.

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

Judge rejects Walker appeal
The federal judge made it official this week: Former state Sen. Charles Walker and his daughter will stand trial on criminal charges they face in a 142-count indictment.

Perdue warns of budget cuts

News you can use
AUG. 13, 1969 A Fort Gordon noncommissioned officer was charged by the Army with two counts of involuntary manslaughter Monday in connection with the deaths of two Army privates and the injury of 14 others. The deaths and injuries occurred when a car rammed into a platoon of basic trainees Saturday night, fort officials said.

Justice sets out backup rulings

Meet the Hunley
Carrie Becker, rear,12, and her brother Benjamin Becker,10, of Dover, Pa., try out a replica of the H.L. Hunley's hand-powered propulsion during media day at The H.L. Hunley Experience at Broadway at the Beach in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Kid of the day

Dipping his dogs

Virus suspected in carp deaths

Culinary legend Julia Child dies at 91

News you can use

Kerry irks some with waste talk

Smokers, nonsmokers resent notion of ban

Meet the Hunley

Board keeps principal

Across the area

Lawyer accused of false writings

Around town

Across the area

Assault suspect has sex offense record

Aiken, Barnwell schools open doors to new faces

Across Georgia

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!

Cancer won't stop Kemp's campaign

Metro areas give boost to Majette

Teen was to marry driver

Paratroopers train against bombs

The Big Break: Crowds' twists, turns
HAVEN, Wis. - Herb Kohler isn't amused by the numbers his Whistling Straits venue is producing.

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.

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

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.

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

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

Mini-reviews

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'

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

'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.

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

Top 20 Concert Tours
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Hot ticket
WHO: Linkin Park, with Snoop Dogg, Korn and The Used

Thanks for your votes for best singer-songwriter

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

Civil case against Bryant goes before federal judge who presided over Oklahoma City bombing trials
DENVER -- A no-nonsense federal judge who presided over the Oklahoma City bombing trials now has another high-profile case in his court: the civil lawsuit filed against NBA star Kobe Bryant by the woman accusing him of sexual assault.

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

Civil case against Bryant goes before federal judge who presided over Oklahoma City bombing trials

Batch's injury likely means more time for Roethlisberger vs. Lions

Dolphins relying on defense - again

Fear of injuries could put owners off of picking Vick

Statement could alter Lewis case

Vick just wants to forget injury

Broncos sign cornerback Chatman

Trimmer Chamberlain excels in camp

Akins has season-ending surgery

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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 flame reaches Athens' famed Acropolis
ATHENS, Greece -- With the 2,500-year-old Parthenon as a majestic backdrop, a modern-day Greek sports heroine lit a cauldron Thursday night atop Acropolis Hill with the Olympic flame - home at last from a worldwide journey on the eve of the Summer Games.

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.

Williams, Henin-Hardenne could meet in quarterfinals

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.

Athletes, journalists told to mind their manners at Athens Olympics

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.

Coach: Jones on 400-meter relay team, hopefully for all three rounds

Security chief says Olympics protected, no known threats
ATHENS, Greece -- Amid gun-toting police, Patriot missile batteries and circling surveillance planes, fears of a terror attack seemed muted on the eve of the opening ceremony for the Athens Games.

Team Atkins takes low-carb shot at sailing medal

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.

WADA's Pound chastises U.S.Coach: Jones on 400-meter relay team, hopefully for all three rounds

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.

Rookie anxious to contribute to U.S.
ATHENS, Greece - Martina Navratilova gets advice from teammates about Olympic pin-collecting, offering plenty of enthusiasm in exchange, and can't wait to get out and play on the blue tennis courts.

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

Believe it: Athens is ready
ATHENS, Greece - This is the city that does sleep. From 3 to 5 p.m.

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.

Dawn Staley will carry U.S. flag in opening ceremony
ATHENS, Greece - Basketball star Dawn Staley will carry the U.S. flag during Friday's opening ceremony, a highlight in an Olympic career that already includes two gold medals.

What to watch at the Summer Olympics in Athens
NEW YORK -- NBC and its related cable networks are promising virtually 24-hour-a-day coverage of the Olympic Games in Athens, beginning Friday and ending Aug. 29. The one certainty is NBC in prime-time every night. Check local listings for coverage on Bravo, CNBC, MSNBC, USA, Telemundo and HDTV. Among the highlights:

WADA's Pound chastises U.S.Coach: Jones on 400-meter relay team, hopefully for all three rounds
ATHENS, Greece - The head of the World Anti-Doping Agency warned that Marion Jones will be in a "deep hole" if she's lying about not using drugs, and he left open the possibility she could be stripped of her five medals from the Sydney Games if found guilty of doping.

South Koreans sets archery records
ATHENS, Greece -- South Korean archers broke three world records Thursday in men's and women's events in the ranking rounds of the Olympic competition.

Team to take a pass tonight
ATHENS, Greece - Don't turn on your TV sets tonight hoping to see Terin Humphrey and Courtney McCool marching in with the U.S. delegation for the Olympic opening ceremonies.

IOC suggests that Beijing ease up on its fast pace of construction

Iraq gets dose of good news Illinois archer reached Olympic caliber in less than a year
PATRAS, Greece - In its first Olympic competition since its country was shattered by war, Iraq upset star-studded Portugal, 4-2 on Thursday, in a gritty, come-from-behind victory as about 200 chanting fans cheered and jumped wildly.

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.

World takes a new look at an American men's gymnastics team
ATHENS, Greece -- The silver medals are great. The video cameras following their every move tell an even better story.

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

Athletes, journalists told to mind their manners at Athens Olympics
ATHENS, Greece -- Athletes, journalists and even Greek soldiers are being told to mind their manners.

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.

Williams, Henin-Hardenne could meet in quarterfinals
ATHENS, Greece -- Defending singles gold medalist Venus Williams and top-ranked Justine Henin-Hardenne were drawn Thursday to face each other in the quarterfinals at the Athens Olympics.

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.

Coach: Jones on 400-meter relay team, hopefully for all three rounds
GEORGIOUPOLIS, Greece -- Marion Jones is firmly on the 400-meter relay team and, if all goes as planned, she will run all three rounds of the event at the Athens Olympics, the U.S. women's coach said Thursday.

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.

Team Atkins takes low-carb shot at sailing medal
ATHENS, Greece -- Lower those carbs and hoist the mainsail. Team Atkins is heading out into the wind and chop of the Saronic Gulf.

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.

Bustos packs punch for U.S.
ATHENS, Greece -- She's Barry Bonds with a ponytail and an Olympic tattoo on her right arm. And when Crystl Bustos flexes her muscles, the five rings imprinted below her shoulder swell impressively. Soon, the U.S. team's hard-hitting third baseman could leave her own lasting mark on the Athens Games.

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

American Sada Jacobson seeded No. 1 in women's saber draw
ATHENS, Greece -- American Sada Jacobson was given the top seed in the Olympic women's saber fencing competition on Thursday, leading to a possible showdown with her sister, Emily, in the quarterfinals.

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.

IOC suggests that Beijing ease up on its fast pace of construction
ATHENS, Greece -- In contrast to Athens' down-to-the-wire preparations, organizers of the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing are slowing their vigorous construction timetable at the request of the International Olympic Committee - though the Chinese still plan to have all venues ready a year ahead of time.

U.S. women blank Greece in soccer

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Musketeers duo announce plans

Top-seeded Bartoli ousted in Vancouver

NOT JUST FOR KICKS

Lennox Lewis makes donation to Muhammad Ali Center

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.

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.

Olympic Schedule
NBC, Noon-6 p.m. - Swimming; Diving; Women's Synchronized Springboard Gold Medal Final (LIVE); Gymnastics, Men's Competition; Volleyball, Women United States vs. China; Beach Volleyball, U.S. Women's Match.

Top-seeded Bartoli ousted in Vancouver
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Top-seeded Marion Bartoli of France was upset by unseeded countrywoman Camille Pin, 6-3, 5-7, 6-2, in the second round of the Vancouver Open on Thursday.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

Broncos sign cornerback Chatman
DENVER -- The Denver Broncos signed cornerback Jermaine Chatman on Thursday to replace Reggie Stephens, who walked away from training camp this week.

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

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

Statement could alter Lewis case
ATLANTA - Prosecutors are trying to keep a judge from suppressing a codefendant's statement that they claim ties Baltimore Ravens running back Jamal Lewis to a federal drug conspiracy case.

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 open up QB spot for first exhibition game
DAVIE, Fla. -- The Miami Dolphins' starting quarterback job is up for grabs in Saturday's exhibition game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Trimmer Chamberlain excels in camp
DENVER -- Byron Chamberlain knows he will never make people forget Shannon Sharpe. All he wants to do is be the replacement for the greatest tight end in Broncos history.

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.

Batch's injury likely means more time for Roethlisberger vs. Lions
LATROBE, Pa. -- Before his first college game, in Michigan, Ben Roethlisberger made a statement he repeated Thursday two days before his first pro game, which will also be played in Michigan.

Fans' loyalty, renewed success comes as surprise to musician

Papal emissary shuts down Austrian seminary where child porn found
VIENNA, Austria -- A papal emissary on Thursday shut down an Austrian seminary where authorities reported finding about 40,000 photos and numerous videos, including child pornography, on computers.

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.

Hollywood can change song's meaning forever

Miss America to bring back limited talent competition
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- The Miss America pageant, criticized over its plan to eliminate the two-minute talent routines performed by contestants, has had a change of heart.

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.

Miss America to bring back limited talent competition

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Photographer sues singer Aguilera and her bodyguard

Good Bye, Lenin' trips up on plot but subplots save

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Actor Tom Sizemore arrested on probation violation

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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.

Georgia defensive lineman faces stress outside game
ATHENS, Ga. - It's the start of Georgia football practice, and players are going through drills at the regular hectic pace. Away from his teammates on another field, Darrius Swain is trying to sweat off the stress of a trying summer.

Ware adjusts to role of top tailback

Georgia defensive lineman faces stress outside game

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

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