Twins tops Mariners

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

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

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.

Floyd, Reyes latest injured Mets

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.

White Sox edge out Royals

Tribe clubs Twins

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.

Garner sits for arguing
NEW YORK - Houston Astros manager Phil Garner was suspended for Friday night's game at Montreal because of a run-in last week with umpire Brian Knight.

Tribe clubs Twins
CLEVELAND - Ben Broussard homered for the second straight night and the Cleveland Indians pulled within two games of the first-place Minnesota Twins with an 8-2 win Friday night.

Padres rip Cubs after 11 innings

Braves bats quiet in loss
ATLANTA - Having been briefed on St. Louis' top-ranked offense during a pregame meeting Friday night, one Atlanta Brave veteran suggested tongue-in-cheek that the Cardinals' lineup was apparently filled with .400 hitters.

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.

Oil prices keep climbing amid concerns over supply disruptions
SINGAPORE -- Oil prices kept climbing past $46 in intraday trading Friday on concerns about vulnerable and stretched supplies.

Report: Target Corp. eyeing Canadian department store Hudson's Bay for acquisition
TORONTO -- U.S.-based Target Corp. may be nearing a deal to buy part or all of Canadian retailing giant Hudson's Bay in a deal that could be worth nearly $860 million, according to a published report.

Saudi pledge to raise output fails to calm crude oil prices

Weekly U.S. rig count down by three
HOUSTON -- The number of rigs actively exploring for oil and natural gas in the United States fell by three this week to 1,232.

U. Mich.: Consumer confidence down in August
NEW YORK - Overall consumer confidence levels softened unexpectedly as of the middle of August amid a big drop in consumers' views on the economic outlook, said a report released Friday.

Yukos shares bounce back on hope of fair-priced sale for key asset

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.

GM recalls Buick Regal, Century for headlight problems

Wholesale prices edge up just 0.1 percent in July
WASHINGTON -- Wholesale prices edged up just 0.1 percent in July as a big drop in food costs offset the biggest increase in energy prices in six months, the government reported Friday.

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

Corporate bankruptcies in Japan down in July
TOKYO -- The number of corporate bankruptcies in Japan fell 16.8 percent to 1,151 cases in July compared with the same month a year earlier, a private credit research agency said Friday.

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.

EBay buys 25 percent stake in craigslist
SAN JOSE, California -Internet auctioneer eBay Inc. said Friday it acquired a 25 percent stake in craigslist, an online community of classified ads and forums.

Yukos shares bounce back on hope of fair-priced sale for key asset
MOSCOW -- Yukos stock rebounded strongly Friday on hopes the company's key asset would be sold at a fair market price, enabling it to pay off a crippling tax bill.

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.

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.

With oil demand and prices surging, supply cushion is perilously thin
WASHINGTON -- With so much uncertainty roiling oil markets these days, analysts say one thing is clear: the world's supply cushion is perilously thin.

Corporate bankruptcies in Japan down in July

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

With oil demand and prices surging, supply cushion is perilously thin

Warner Bros. buys video game producer Monolith

Oil prices keep climbing amid concerns over supply disruptions

Retail sales rebound in July

Wholesale prices edge up just 0.1 percent in July

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.

Report: Target Corp. eyeing Canadian department store Hudson's Bay for acquisition

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.

Weekly U.S. rig count down by three

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

Making safety a priority earns Monsanto honor

Google founders' Playboy interview may raise regulatory concerns

U. Mich.: Consumer confidence down in August

Making safety a priority earns Monsanto honor
Signs reminding employees to wear protective goggles and keep safety on their mind hang around every corner in Monsanto Co.'s Posilac plant on Lovers Lane.

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.

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

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

Ghastly death needless

Marriage scam KO'd
The 4,000 or so same-sex couples who got "married" in San Francisco should not be surprised that the California Supreme Court ended their honeymoon. Mayor Gavin Newsom was scamming them to enhance his pro-gay political profile in a city that's infamous for accommodating homosexuals' lifestyles.

Ghastly death needless
A ghastly story out of Stuart, Fla., demonstrates the need for programs such as Meals on Wheels - not just because they see to it that elderly or ailing people get healthy meals, but because they and other human-service groups are often the only contact shut-ins have with the outside world.

Law center conundrum
Just how bad a shape is the Richmond County Law Enforcement Center in? The wall system, especially in the administrative wing of the building, couldn't be much worse. The wall studs are rusted out, and mold, which can be a health hazard, abounds.

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.

Law center conundrum

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.

Games must go on

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.

Rosa Parks authorizes her doctor to release medical records in lawsuit over OutKast song
DETROIT -- Civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks has authorized her doctor to release medical records and explain why the 91-year-old cannot testify in a lawsuit she brought against hip-hop group OutKast, her lawyers said Thursday.

Clint Eastwood settles libel suit
LOS ANGELES -- Clint Eastwood settled a libel lawsuit against the writer and publisher of an unauthorized biography he said portrayed him as a wife abuser.

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.

Moore defends disputed headline in Bush-bashing documentary
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- Filmmaker Michael Moore makes no apologizes for his Bush-bashing documentary "Fahrenheit 9/11," and his lawyer says he'll make no apologies for its use of an Illinois newspaper headline, either.

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.

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
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Nearly a year after being mauled by a tiger, illusionist Roy Horn of "Siegfried & Roy" was evaluated at a hospital that specializes in spinal cord and traumatic brain injury rehabilitation.

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.

Study: Tax burden growing heavier for middle class
WASHINGTON -- President Bush's tax cuts since 2001 have shifted more of the tax burden from the nation's rich to middle-class families, according to a study released Friday by the Congressional Budget Office.

Tokyo stocks plunge on less-than-expected GDP
TOKYO -- Tokyo's key stock average plunged nearly 2.5 percent Friday to a three-month low in response to Japan's slower-than-expected economic growth for the second quarter. The disappointing news also lifted the dollar against Japanese yen.

Dell posts 29 percent increase in earnings

Tokyo stocks close lower on Wall Street's losses

Agilent swings to profit on test, measurement unit
PALO ALTO, Calif. - Software maker Agilent Technologies Inc. swung to a third-quarter profit due to strength in its test and measurement unit.

Payless ShoeSource profit falls on charge

HP's third-quarter earnings miss Wall Street expectations

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

Tokyo stocks plunge on less-than-expected GDP

Weight Watchers earnings fall on lower U.S. attendance
WOODBURY, N.Y. - Weight Watchers International Inc. said its second-quarter earnings fell 1.7 percent on continued softness in U.S. attendance at its programs.

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

Rising oil prices, consumer confidence drop sends stocks lower
NEW YORK -- Wall Street closed out a difficult week with a small gain Friday, even as many investors, concerned over yet another spike in oil prices and a drop in consumer confidence, stayed on the sidelines. The major indexes ended the week mixed, with tech stocks pummeled by disappointing earnings outlooks.

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 Friday on the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq Stock Market.

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.

Dell posts 29 percent increase in earnings
DALLAS -- Offering a stark counterpoint to rival Hewlett-Packard Co., Dell Inc. reported a nearly 30 percent jump in net income as strong sales of printers, servers and notched double-digit gains in overseas markets.

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.

Big Movers in the Stock Market

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.

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.

Google IPO auction clears Playboy magazine hurdle
SAN FRANCISCO -- Google Inc. forged ahead with its IPO auction Friday, even as the online search engine leader acknowledged a newly published magazine interview with its founders contained misleading information.

The fish payoff

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.

Storm makes schooling iffy

Fishing tournament news

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.

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.

Culinary legend Julia Child dies at 91

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.

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

Use spray to control pine pests

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.

GreenJackets set Suns down
Tim Alvarez hasn't had much luck since arriving in Augusta.

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

Leonard, Singh shooting Strait
HAVEN, Wis. - Vijay Singh, the long hitter, and Justin Leonard, relatively short but accurate off the tee, share the lead after 36 holes of the 86th PGA Championship.

Leonard, Singh shooting Strait

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.

Pros tame PGA beast

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

Howell happy with first-round performance

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

Brown takes the lead
AIKEN - To the players, Friday's second round of the 72-hole Palmetto Amateur golf tournament had the feel of a final round.

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.

Daly's Ryder hopes dashed
HAVEN, Wis. - John Daly might have been the landslide winner in a USA Today poll for a captain's pick into the Ryder Cup.

Daly's Ryder hopes dashed

Singh shines in marquee group

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.

Phoenix signs Comrie to two-year deal

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

Wild re-sign Brunette, Mitchell

Flood, tornado watches posted as storms move into state
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Steady rains and strong thunderstorms lashed South Carolina Thursday, pushed northward by Tropical Storm Bonnie after the storm sloshed onto the Florida Panhandle.

N. Carolina is warned of storm
RALEIGH, N.C. - Faced with a powerful and unpredictable storm, North Carolina officials issued broad warnings for the entire state Friday as Hurricane Charley came ashore in Florida and charged north.

People forced out of coast
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Gov. Mark Sanford ordered coastal residents and vacationers in Horry and Georgetown counties to evacuate after a sudden shift in the forecast track of powerful Hurricane Charley on Friday.

Charley pummels Florida coastlines
PUNTA GORDA, Fla. - Hurricane Charley struck west-central Florida with a wicked mix of wind and water Friday, ripping off roofs, tearing apart small planes and inundating the coastline before moving inland to assault Orlando and Daytona Beach.

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.

Hurricane Charley slams into Florida coast
PUNTA GORDA, Fla. -- A stronger-than-expected Hurricane Charley roared ashore Friday as a dangerous Category 4 storm, pounding the heavily populated Gulf Coast with 145 mph wind and towering surges of water expected to swallow up miles of shoreline.

Tornado outbreak hits North Carolina, killing a child, injuring 15 people
ROCKY POINT, N.C. -- Tornadoes spun off tropical systems touched down in eastern North Carolina early Friday, killing one child and injuring more than a dozen people. Buildings also were damaged, and power outages were reported.

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

Former Augusta Mayor McIntyre dies
Ed Marlow McIntyre Sr., Augusta's first and only black mayor, died Saturday afternoon after suffering from failed health, according to family members. He was 72.

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.

Vets could offer weekend service
In a letter to the editor July 30 ("Dog died in muddle over clinic"), an Aiken resident described his frustrating, worthless trip to an animal emergency care facility in Augusta. The place, advertised as being open, was closed when he got there and his pet died on the way back to Aiken. E.K. Vought Aiken

'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.

Vets could offer weekend service

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

Hard workers reunited dog, family
On July 3, the Davis family from Swainsboro, Ga., were visiting relatives at Little River Marina. At about 9 p.m., tragedy struck. As the Fourth of July fireworks display started, their four-legged family member - Sidney, an Australian shepherd mix - was severely frightened and took off running. Donna Evans Martinez

Intelligent Bush plays possum

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

Pitcher feature was splendid news

Community center offers thanks

'Chronicle' underplayed Chalabi

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.

Kerry was characterized unfairly

End sacrifice, appeasement

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

End sacrifice, appeasement
A tactic used by Michael Moore and others against the war on terrorism is to ask the question, "Would you send your child to Iraq?" Implicit in this question is the question, "Would you sacrifice your child?" Mike Fulford Evans

Fort Gordon exercise was necessary
On Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 11-12, Fort Gordon conducted a much-needed Force Protection exercise. I knew the exercise would inconvenience many, including soldiers and the civilian workforce coming to work, teachers coming to school, delivery trucks and individuals coming to hospital and other appointments. Maj. Gen. Jan Hicks Augusta

The Winner's Circle: Evening Up the Score

Biometric technology getting more action in consumer applications

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

Red Line coupe is raucous on road

Federal panel says Americans should exercise more, eat less

Tomorrow's doping scandal? It could be genetic enhancement

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.

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.

Biometric technology getting more action in consumer applications
NEW YORK -- Stuffing something in a public locker usually isn't a memorable experience. You drop a coin, take the key and move on.

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.

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.

Tomorrow's doping scandal? It could be genetic enhancement
Tainted by suspicions of drug use, this summer's Athens Games may nevertheless mark one of the last Olympics before another inglorious milestone - genetic enhancement in sports.

Dipping his dogs

News you can use

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.

Area will get police substation

Across the Georgia
DALTON - A former tenant and employee of a man whose daughter was fatally shot through a window while sleeping in her parents' bed was arrested Thursday and charged with murder.

Kid of the day

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.

Digital machines garner votes of election officials

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.

Teacher salary is highest in South

County devises virus safeguards
A week after a rare virus crippled Columbia County government computers, officials say they've taken steps to avoid future problems.

County is alone in class delay

Across the region

Across the area

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.

Open arms welcome seniors

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.

Learning some respect

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.

Owners of dams are put on alert

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.

Across the area
A Lincolnton police officer charged with sex offenses by state and local law enforcement has resigned, officials said Friday.

Storm poses few problems for Augusta

Judge rejects Walker appeal

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.

Across the region
ATLANTA - The state Board of Education has approved putting as many as 30 students in high school science classes, up from a maximum of 28. The board action Thursday came a month after it adopted a new curriculum designed to improve the state's science education.

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.

Rants and raves
TO ALL THE RIGHT-WING idiots out there who keep acting like the term liberal is an evil condition. Maybe they should consult their dictionary, if they haven't burned it, and write a reason back that makes the word conservative so righteous.

Trustee's letter agitates board

Area will get police substation
Concerns about rising criminal activity near Old Savannah Road have resulted in the approval of a Richmond County Sheriff's Office substation for one neighborhood.

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.

Pupils who confess may earn mercy

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

Former Augusta Mayor McIntyre dies

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.

Post joins push to get soldiers voting
Soldiers fight for their country, and their country's government wants them to have a say during this year's hotly contested federal elections.

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.

Digital machines garner votes of election officials
AIKEN - The night of the general election in 1984 was a strained but exciting time for Aiken County election officials and interested parties who bothered to stick around until the end.

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.

Older artists mourn closing

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.

Naked boaters draw drivers' eyes on I-77

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?

Virtual Hunley exhibit could go on the road
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - The next crew of the H.L. Hunley may come out of Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville restaurant in Myrtle Beach.

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

Center gives out last senior meals

Make Kids Count contest trims field

Harlem man faces five child porn charges

Trustee's letter agitates board
Columbia County School Board members are butting heads concerning a letter one board member sent to local restaurants soliciting donations for Evans High School.

Agency predicts worse traffic in Atlanta

Across the area
A Lincolnton police officer charged with sex offenses by state and local law enforcement has resigned, officials said Friday.

Lotto execs get big bonuses
ATLANTA - Executives of the Georgia Lottery Corp. received more than $559,000 in bonuses after registering another record sales year, even though the Legislature voted to cut benefits under lottery-funded HOPE scholarships.

Around town
Dennis Harville walks through the North Augusta Greeneway tunnel during a 3.6-mile trek.

Learning some respect
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. - As Tim Williams pulled a tiny 1-year-old alligator out of his shirt, the eyes of several dozen children lit up.

Across South Carolina
CLEMSON - A coroner's report says a worker died from electrocution at a WestPoint Stevens' Clemson Finishing Plant earlier this week.

News you can use

Family sues over body condition

Across the area

Around town

County is alone in class delay
The Richmond County school district waited later than most surrounding districts to finalize class schedules, according to an informal survey of area school systems.

Agency predicts worse traffic in Atlanta
ATLANTA - Despite expanded roads and public transit, traffic in Atlanta will only get worse as the metro area adds 2 million people during the next 25 years, the Atlanta Regional Commission says.

Deer crashes lunch at retirement home
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The late-lunch crowd at Cypress Village retirement home was finishing their veal Thursday when the electric doors opened and an unexpected guest bounded in - an 80-pound doe.

Rants and raves
TO ALL THE RIGHT-WING idiots out there who keep acting like the term liberal is an evil condition. Maybe they should consult their dictionary, if they haven't burned it, and write a reason back that makes the word conservative so righteous.

Family sues over body condition
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Instead of fond memories of a father who taught his sons to drive a big-rig truck and danced with his daughters to the tunes of a hi-fi radio, Wiley Wilcox's family remembers the stench of rotting flesh at his funeral.

Meet the Hunley

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AUG. 14, 1949 Operators of five Augusta and Richmond County establishments are scheduled to appear for hearings in Atlanta tomorrow on various charges dealing with the sale of liquor or beer.

Commissioners curtail list of sales tax projects

Paratroopers train against bombs

Across the area

Across Georgia

Kid of the day

Harlem man faces five child porn charges
A 41-year-old Harlem man was charged Friday with five felony offenses involving child pornography.

Around town

Cancer won't stop Kemp's campaign

Officer is accused of sexual assault

Martinez resident faces drug trafficking charge

Assault suspect has sex offense record

Lotto execs get big bonuses

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.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Pharen Amaya McKenzie Davis, 2, of Harlem.

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.

This Athens held role in '96 games
ATHENS, Ga. - During the 1996 Olympic games, Athens entertained three sports and hundreds of thousands of visitors.

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.

Owners of dams are put on alert
AIKEN - The deluge of rain from Tropical Storm Bonnie and Hurricane Charley has to go somewhere.

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.

Judge ends lifeguards' English tests
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - A judge has issued an order stopping the city of North Myrtle Beach from forcing lifeguards from foreign countries to pass additional English tests.

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

Teacher salary is highest in South
ATLANTA - After years of rising salaries, Georgia's teachers were among the best-paid in the Southeast last year, but educators' groups are still gearing up to ask for another raise from the state.

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.

Submarine Nebraska leaves Georgia base
KINGS BAY NAVAL SUBMARINE BASE, Ga. - Sailors from Submarine Squadron 16 stood in formation this week as a crane hoisted the gangplank off the hull of the USS Nebraska for the last time.

Martinez resident faces drug trafficking charge
A Martinez man was charged with trafficking drugs Thursday night after a search of his home allegedly turned up more than 12 pounds of marijuana.

Open arms welcome seniors
Augusta's new Sand Hills Park and Community Center officially opened Friday on Fleming Road in the Hill area of west Augusta.

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.

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.

Culinary legend Julia Child dies at 91

Board revises Larke's contract

Kerry irks some with waste talk

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

Tiger's a 'cut' above the rest
Tiger Woods was going down. Every streak that has defined his greatness was heading back to Chapter Zero. No more cut streak. No more denying his slump. Potentially no more No. 1 ranking come Monday.

At the Movies: 'We Don't Live Here Anymore'

At the Movies: 'We Don't Live Here Anymore'
Wife-swapping, a decidedly swinging '60s activity, seems to be all the rage once again.

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

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.

Statement could alter Lewis case

Broncos sign cornerback Chatman

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

Trimmer Chamberlain excels in camp

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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.

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.

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.

Olympics opens with lavish welcome ceremony
ATHENS, Greece -- The Olympics returned home Friday to a lavish welcome in an opening ceremony invoking Greek mythology, civilization and culture and closing an epic circle in sports: from the games' 19th-century rebirth to the latest gathering of the world's greatest athletes in an age beset by fears of terrorism and instability.

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

Venus Williams serves up hat design at start of Olympics
ATHENS, Greece -- Venus Williams is giving a whole new meaning to the term "overhead."

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.

Dirrell to lead Americans' boxing hopes
ATHENS, Greece -- Middleweight Andre Dirrell will meet China's Ha Dabateer in the second match of the Olympic boxing tournament, according to the draw announced Friday.

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.

Swimmers dipping their toes into the Olympic pool
ATHENS, Greece -- Michael Phelps is going for the gold - eight of 'em, it appears, in his first Olympics. Jenny Thompson already owns that many, across three Olympics, along with a silver and a bronze.

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.

Williams, Henin-Hardenne could meet in quarterfinals

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.

Athletes, journalists told to mind their manners at Athens Olympics

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.

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

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.

Team Atkins takes low-carb shot at sailing medal

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.

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

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.

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.

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:

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Evil side claims victory in ongoing fight over columnist's blunt nature
"Attention, readers: Given a spate of comments in this space recently that I found to be rude and insensitive, I wanted to inform you that I have ordered Richard to visit the exquisite little Georgia Sea Grill on St. Simons Island and consume massive quantities of corn-fried shrimp. It is my fervent hope that a snootful of shrimp will dramatically improve his attitude and greatly reduce the amount of hyperventilation his intemperate opinions have generated among many of you."

Evil side claims victory in ongoing fight over columnist's blunt nature
"Attention, readers: Given a spate of comments in this space recently that I found to be rude and insensitive, I wanted to inform you that I have ordered Richard to visit the exquisite little Georgia Sea Grill on St. Simons Island and consume massive quantities of corn-fried shrimp. It is my fervent hope that a snootful of shrimp will dramatically improve his attitude and greatly reduce the amount of hyperventilation his intemperate opinions have generated among many of you."

Overtime

Top-seeded Bartoli ousted in Vancouver

Overtime
Smarty Jones is ready to hoof it out of Philly.

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.

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.

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.

Vick says offense is going to work
ATLANTA - Michael Vick insists the West Coast offense suits him perfectly.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Faith digest
THE GLORIOUS CITY OF GOD PERFORMS AT 6:30 P.M. SUNDAY at First Baptist Church, 639 Georgia Ave. in North Augusta. Cornerstone Quartet, FirstSong, the sanctuary choir and orchestra will join in the concert. Call 279-6370.

Woman says God sends messages to people about their lives
Ann Marsh has always been a dreamer. Dreams seemed to speak to her, but in a language she didn't immediately understand.

Christian youth group meets in unconventional place
KENNESAW, Ga. -- Voices hush around the patio table as Rick Lamborn poses his first discussion question during a Christian youth group meeting at a popular restaurant.

Book club discusses topics on life, death
Even if caregivers for the dying have never heard of The Four Things That Matter Most - A Book About Living, they can gain from its discussion Thursday at the inaugural meeting of a monthly communitywide book club sponsored by St. Joseph Hospice.

Two theologians switched sides on belief in the Bible's personal God
Where God is concerned, two blue-blood theology professors floated in opposite directions and passed each other in midair.

Muslim professor prints Quran in modern English
When M.A.S. Abdel Haleem was a youngster in Egypt, all the boys in his school were required to memorize the Quran and were tested annually to make sure they maintained the knowledge.

Pastor's writings address doubt
Sandra Kennedy has learned that the key to faith lies in how people answer one question, "Does God lie?"

Tiger's a 'cut' above the rest

Groups demand TV station pull Green Card game

Kilborn calls it quits at 'Late Late Show'

Groups demand TV station pull Green Card game
LOS ANGELES - Immigrant rights groups on Thursday demanded the cancelation of a "Fear Factor"-type reality show that offers winners immigration counsel, alleging the show takes advantage of those desperate for a green card and a life in the United States.

Club performer is NBC's 'Last Comic Standing'
DETROIT -- John Heffron, who says he began doing stand-up in clubs as soon as he was old enough to be admitted, is NBC's newest "Last Comic Standing."

Miss America to bring back limited talent competition

Kilborn calls it quits at 'Late Late Show'
LOS ANGELES -- Craig Kilborn has decided to quit CBS' "Late Late Show" after five seasons, leaving the network to find a new host for the hour that follows "Late Show with David Letterman."

Commission taps Lehrer, Gibson, Schieffer as presidential debate moderators
WASHINGTON -- Jim Lehrer, host of PBS's "News Hour," will be a moderator for the presidential debates, but unlike past election years, he will divide the work with ABC's Charlie Gibson and CBS's Bob Schieffer.

Commission taps Lehrer, Gibson, Schieffer as presidential debate moderators

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.

People in the News

Actor Tom Sizemore arrested on probation violation

Studio fire destroys Black Eyed Peas' gear

Photographer sues singer Aguilera and her bodyguard

Clint Eastwood settles libel suit

People in the News

Moore defends disputed headline in Bush-bashing documentary

Georgia defensive lineman faces stress outside game

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.

Flood, tornado watches posted as storms move into state

Christian youth group meets in unconventional place

Muslim professor prints Quran in modern English

Faith digest

Pastor's writings address doubt

Woman says God sends messages to people about their lives

Book club discusses topics on life, death