Tale of baseball and New England life, a gentle story

'The Donor' has plenty to give
Dennis Heller is accumulating a puzzling collection of surgical scars at a young age in Frank M. Robinson's new medical thriller, "The Donor."

Volumes of info for highbrows and browsers alike
Things are looking up for readers who like to look things up.

Chronicle of high school year focuses on prom night

Robert B. Parker's latest mystery a shoddy mess

Writer's debut novel steps back in time to 1940s Amagansett

Writer's debut novel steps back in time to 1940s Amagansett
These days, the sandy dunes of the Hamptons are known as the summer playground to the rich, the famous and their hangers-on.

Arts calendar
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'The Donor' has plenty to give

More than 1 million copies in print for "9/11 Commission Report"
NEW YORK -- Sales for the "The 9/11 Commission Report" have topped 500,000 and the print run will soon top 1 million, publisher W.W. Norton said Thursday.

'Shot at and Missed' not to be missed
As the number of World War II veterans decreases, first-person narratives about the war become increasingly welcome and valuable.

The last days of Johnny Cash subject of new book
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Sick and consumed by grief after his wife's death, Johnny Cash struggled to record his last songs and spoke regularly with the Rev. Billy Graham for comfort, according to a new family authorized biography.

Volumes of info for highbrows and browsers alike

Robert B. Parker's latest mystery a shoddy mess
Robert B. Parker's latest mystery, "Melancholy Baby," is such a shoddy mess of a novel that it is hard to believe it was written by the creator of "Mortal Stakes" and "The Judas Goat."

The last days of Johnny Cash subject of new book

Tale of baseball and New England life, a gentle story
The jerk who inherited the Boston Red Sox from his father has sold off all the team's stars and plans to move the franchise to Hollywood after the end of a dreadful season. But the team's manager, The Legendary Spence, somehow has his collection of has-beens and retreads on the brink of winning the pennant.

Chronicle of high school year focuses on prom night
Memories of high school often include the angst and drama of broken hearts, peer pressure and the desire to move on to the Next Big Thing.

Oakland honors ex-closer

Tribe clubs Twins

Oakland honors ex-closer
OAKLAND, Calif. - Dennis Eckersley got another standing ovation from Oakland Athletics fans Saturday - only this time it came before a game.

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.

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.

Postcard from Massachusetts completes our project

Fraternal twin delivers 2 sets of identical twins on her birthday
WYNNEWOOD, Pa. -- The odds of a fraternal twin giving birth to two sets of identical twins may be one in a million, but Geana Morris can attest to it.

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.

Atlanta outslugs St. Louis
ATLANTA - Ask Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox whether he's mentally drained after Friday night's offensive meltdown, which was followed by Saturday afternoon's high-wire act, and the Braves manager chuckles in response.

Braves' notebook
ATLANTA - The home clubhouse was filled with reporters grouped around Julio Franco, Chipper Jones and Russ Ortiz after Saturday afternoon's 9-7 Atlanta Braves win over the St. Louis Cardinals.

Atlanta outslugs St. Louis

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.

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.

Corporate bankruptcies in Japan down in July

Oil prices keep climbing amid concerns over supply disruptions

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

Making safety a priority earns Monsanto honor

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.

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.

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.

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.

On the move

Privatizing the post

What will it take to put you into this stove?

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

Web can speed job search

Wholesale prices edge up just 0.1 percent in July

Web can speed job search
The arenas of job searching and recruiting have taken massive steps onto the Internet in recent years, but many people looking for work may feel more comfortable using traditional methods. However, companies are looking online for speed and to save recruitment costs, meaning that a growing number of positions will be won through online forums.

Weekly U.S. rig count down by three

Mom aids multiple-birth parents
ST. LOUIS - It wasn't long after Joel Pekay's triplets came home from the hospital that he realized the average retail store's baby section didn't understand the needs of multiple-birth parents.

U. Mich.: Consumer confidence down in August

On the move
Chris Pierson has been promoted to maintenance supervisor at Brandon Wilde.

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.

Business calendar
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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.

What will it take to put you into this stove?
DES MOINES, Iowa - A consumer looking for a clothes washer does a load of laundry to see if an appliance lives up to its advertising claims. And a shopper considering a new oven tries one out by baking a batch of cookies.

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.

Business licenses
The following are Richmond County business licenses issued in June:

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.

Privatizing the post
Cpl. Kimberly Watson can't wait for the Huddle House to open at Fort Gordon.

Mom aids multiple-birth parents

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

Business calendar

Business licenses

Law allows several options to explore in Walker indictment
Last week, City Ink told you Gov. Sonny Perdue said he had no power to suspend indicted former state Majority Leader Charles Walker if Mr. Walker wins the District 22 Senate seat this fall.

Clemson's defense takes charge in first scrimmage
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson's defense led the way, coach Tommy Bowden said, as the Tigers held their first full scrimmage of the fall camp Saturday.

AP keeps Trojans as nation's No. 1

AP keeps Trojans as nation's No. 1
Southern California will begin defense of its first national title in 31 years as the No. 1 team in the nation.

Ghastly death needless

Health, not property

Jurors need no excuses
The American Bar Association recently went through the trouble and expense of surveying 1,029 adults on how they feel about jury service.

Health, not property
The most important aspect of a debate is how you frame it - a recognition of exactly what it is you're talking about.

The larger issue
"The public is tired of scandals, cover-ups, and corruption. There's something fundamentally wrong with the political system, and New Jersey's citizens deserve better. So while people sympathize with his personal plight, there's a larger issue here."

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.

Jurors need no excuses

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.

The larger issue

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.

Law center conundrum

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.

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.

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.

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.

Back-to-school shopping can take bite out of family budget

Is my winter heating bill going to destroy my finances?
Q: The price of petrol is killing me this summer. I'm already dreading winter - how bad are my home heating bills likely to be?

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.

Big Movers in the Stock Market

Dell posts 29 percent increase in earnings

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Back-to-school shopping can take bite out of family budget
NEW YORK -- With two boys in grade school, Lisa Jackson Galloway has had to come up with a strategy to manage hefty back-to-school shopping expenses each year.

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.

Tokyo stocks plunge on less-than-expected GDP

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.

Is my winter heating bill going to destroy my finances?

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.

Culinary legend Julia Child dies at 91

Gardner baffles Suns to earn 12th victory
Jarrett Gardner might not throw exceptionally hard, but he sure knows how to confuse batters.

GreenJackets' notebook
So far, life after Brandon Moss hasn't been too bad for the Augusta GreenJackets.

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

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.

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.

PGA Championship notebook

Players jockey for final spots
HAVEN, Wis. - Hal Sutton's mind is practically made up. He has his eyes fixed on several players as possible captain's choices for the U.S. Ryder Cup team.

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.

Montgomerie won't let go of Ryder Cup dreams
HAVEN, Wis. - The golfer Americans love to hate is ready to resume his role as a Ryder Cup nemesis.

Leonard, Singh shooting Strait

Montgomerie won't let go of Ryder Cup dreams

Duncan wins Palmetto
AIKEN - Considering the length of time it took Brian Duncan to win another golf tournament of significance, he didn't mind playing a 36-hole windup to the 72-hole Palmetto Amateur on Saturday.

Players jockey for final spots

Duncan wins Palmetto

Major showdown
HAVEN, Wis. - Vijay Singh held his game together when several other contenders faded late at Whistling Straits.

PGA Championship notebook
HAVEN, Wis. - Much like his lakefront home in Orlando, Fla., Charles Howell managed to stand still in the eye of the storm Saturday.

Rogers, Gault share lead
GRANITEVILLE - For Will Rogers and a handful of other golfers, winning isn't the only objective in today's final round of the Orville White Cup at Midland Valley Country Club.

Daly's Ryder hopes dashed

Major showdown

GreenJackets' notebook

Gardner baffles Suns to earn 12th victory

Charley grinds through coastal areas of North and South Carolina, where tourists, residents had fled
ROSEBORO, N.C. -- A weakening Tropical Storm Charley sloshed through North Carolina's eastern counties on Saturday, doing little more than damaging trees and causing power outages after devastating the west coast of Florida.

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.

Agencies accepting donations for hurricane victims
Emergency management officials recommend that those wishing to assist hurricane victims give cash donations and resist going to affected areas. Some charitable organizations recommended by the Federal Emergency Management Agency:

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.

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.

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.

Charley's force took forecasters by surprise; predicting hurricane intensity a shaky science
Hurricane Charley's 145-mph force took forecasters by surprise and showed just how shaky a science it still is to predict a storm's intensity - even with all the latest satellite and radar technology.

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.

Hurricane victims try to cope with the aftermath
PUNTA GORDA, Fla. -- When Cindy Vallier returned home Saturday after Hurricane Charley, the bodies of the elderly couple across the road were lying in her front yard, covered in blankets.

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.

Georgia coastline stays calm
SAVANNAH, Ga. - For the Georgia coast, Charley never was.

Postcard from Massachusetts completes our project
Congratulations! For the 10th consecutive year we've completed our summer vacation project by getting a postcard from all 50 states.

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.

Smoking ban will erode our rights
I do not like the idea of having a smoking ban. Corbin Dickson Grovetown

Vets could offer weekend service

Restriction on smoking would protect health
I wholeheartedly support the efforts of the Richmond County Board of Health and the Columbia County Board of Commissioners to keep restaurants in our area smoke-free. Greg Brooks Evans

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

Smoking ban is win-win situation for everyone
Secondhand smoke in the workplace is a serious health issue that affects everyone. The proposed Columbia County Smoke-free Act will provide smoke-free protection for everyone in public places. Juan Reyes Edgefield, S.C.

Public smoking is health hazard
In the Aug. 12 newspaper, Douglas Scott says he is 58 and secondhand smoke hasn't killed him. If you'd like, I can e-mail or fax you a copy of my mother's death certificate. She never smoked a single cigarette in her life, but lived with a smoker and worked with smokers, and secondhand smoke killed her with emphysema and heart failure. I watched her die. I hope that never happens to Mr. Scott. David Sisler 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

End sacrifice, appeasement

Lots and lots of people back public smoking ban
The article concerning banning smoking in public places ("Smokers, nonsmokers resentful of ban," Aug. 12) was completely one-sided. There wasn't a single quote from someone supporting the ban, and I know there are many of us out there. There was one quote from a guitarist at Metro that halfheartedly supported it: "I kind of support it (the ban)." Kathy Nay Grovetown

Smoking ban is win-win situation for everyone

Leave the bars out of smoking ban
I am not a smoker and I never have been, and I dislike being in a really smoky bar. However, I can assure you that the majority of bar patrons are smokers. I know this because I am a bartender at a popular downtown bar. Katie Hansen Augusta

Smoking ban will erode our rights

Public smoking is health hazard

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

Government, just kindly butt out

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

Lots and lots of people back public smoking ban

Leave the bars out of smoking ban

Government, just kindly butt out
I am a smoker! Yes, I said it. Tamara D. Gaskin Evans

In the know

Biometric technology getting more action in consumer applications

Expect to see more low maintenance products on household horizon

A Meeting at the Track

North Augusta woman fleshed out 1920s cottage she bought

Groom's parents should contact bride's family

Asian tour operators back on track with healthy growth

Bear Lake "Monster" sparks tall tales, debate, revenue

Tomorrow's doping scandal? It could be genetic enhancement

Termites can eat away your bank account, too

Science center offers fossil dig and tug of war in Baltimore

Thirty-five years after, Woodstock lingers in popular imagination

Challenging hike up Diamond Head yields view of paradise

New advances in treatments for clothing appeal to convenience-seeking consumers

A Meeting at the Track
EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the 12th chapter of an 18-part story that The Augusta Chronicle will publish in Your Life on Sundays, Tuesdays and Fridays.

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.

Groom's parents should contact bride's family
Dear Carson: On Aug. 2, my son and his sweetheart became engaged. My question concerns who first contacts the other parents. My mother taught me that the first move is from the groom's parents. Is that still correct? Is a long-distance phone call sufficient?

Bear Lake "Monster" sparks tall tales, debate, revenue
GARDEN CITY, Utah -- There's no photographic proof, but some say it looks like a walrus minus the tusks.

Termites can eat away your bank account, too
Here's one for you: According to those in the know at the Entomological Society of America, you can expect insect populations to be more active than in recent years, and believe it or not, all because of recent changes in the weather. "Weather or not" -- structural pests left unchecked can become a costly proposition for a homeowner.

Challenging hike up Diamond Head yields view of paradise
HONOLULU -- It's appeared in countless television shows and movies. Its profile is on thousands of postcards and posters of Hawaii. And chances are, if you've ever visited Waikiki, you have several pictures yourself with Diamond Head in the background.

North Augusta woman fleshed out 1920s cottage she bought
NORTH AUGUSTA - Cosmetically, the 1920s craftsman cottage looked horrific when it was bought in 2000 by Pam Guinn.

Thirty-five years after, Woodstock lingers in popular imagination
BETHEL, N.Y. -- Families in SUVs drive up to the grassy hill all summer. Dads snap pictures at the memorial plaque. Young couples look at the lush expanse and try to imagine the chaotic scene.

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.

Asian tour operators back on track with healthy growth
HONG KONG -- When SARS turned Hong Kong into a city of fear and tourists canceled bookings by the thousands, one top hotel sought business by offering discount packages - including free transportation in a Rolls-Royce.

New advances in treatments for clothing appeal to convenience-seeking consumers
Today's clothing manufacturers haven't made fabrics completely impervious to stains, smells and wrinkles, but they're pretty darn close.

In the know
When Bietrich Coats met Nelson Williams IV, the timing couldn't have been worse.

Science center offers fossil dig and tug of war in Baltimore
BALTIMORE -- Dig for fossils, walk through a beating heart, climb into a chimpanzees' nest and play tug-of-war to learn physics.

Expect to see more low maintenance products on household horizon
When homeowners bemoan the drudgery of home maintenance, product manufacturers are all ears. Apparently, they listen closely.

Lotto execs get big bonuses

Local bakery closes its doors after 73 years
The pleasing aroma of baked breads, pastries and cakes provided an appropriate memory Saturday for the many well-wishers entering the doors of Smoak's Bakery & Catering for the final time.

Across Georgia

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.

Decision to use out-of-state workers draws ire of locals
AIKEN - Unionized laborers at Savannah River Site, worried about losing work at the nuclear reservation, continue to protest the hiring of a New York company that plans to use out-of-state workers.

Martinez resident faces drug trafficking charge

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

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

Augustans recall McIntyre's deeds
Augusta Mayor Pro Tem Willie Mays believes that in the long run, history will treat former Augusta mayor Ed McIntyre very well. The longtime Augusta political figure died Saturday at age 71.

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.

Teacher shortage lingers
AIKEN - Faith Barber didn't realize how many hours of behind-the-scenes work went into preparing a classroom for the first day of school until she did it.

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

Support grows for stem cell research
Her left foot shifts slightly and slides forward, toe pointed down, until it hops forward and completes a small step. The room erupts around Wilma Frazier, 22.

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

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.

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

Support grows for stem cell research

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

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

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 mourns death of icon
Ed Marlow McIntyre Sr., an icon of Richmond County politics and the only black mayor of Augusta, died Saturday afternoon after suffering from failing health, according to family members. He was 71.

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 Georgia
ATLANTA - The deputy commissioner of Georgia's juvenile justice system has resigned after less than three months.

County is alone in class delay

Grant green-lights survey of sunken Confederate ship
RICHMOND HILL, Ga. - Barely visible from the massive dirt mounds that shielded Fort McAllister from the guns of Union ironclads, four squarely spaced posts jut from the Ogeechee River along the salt marsh.

Teacher salary is highest in South

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Digital machines garner votes of election officials

County mourns death of icon

Kid of the day

News you can use
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.

Area will get police substation

Agency predicts worse traffic in Atlanta

Trustee's letter agitates board

Teacher shortage lingers

News you can use

Tattoo zoning angers artists

Across the area

Across the area

Family sues over body condition

Kid of the day
Today's Kid of the Day is Caleb Leonard of Hephzibah.

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.

Across the southeast
RALEIGH, N.C. - More than half of North Carolina's lawmakers took expense money for days they missed during the General Assembly's last session, according to legislative records.

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.

Across the area
An electrical short in an air conditioning unit caused the midafternoon evacuation of about 55 residents of a south Aiken nursing home Saturday, authorities said.

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.

Across South Carolina
CAESARS HEAD - Residents, hikers and environmentalists want the state to step in and stop the building of five proposed homes in the Mountain Bridge Wilderness.

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.

Tattoo zoning angers artists
COLUMBIA - From North Myrtle Beach to Hilton Head Island and places inland, local governments are beginning to zone their cities and towns for tattoo parlors, leaving some of the needling artists little room to locate.

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.

Benefits surge for presidents of universities
ATLANTA - Free cars, houses and club memberships are some of the extra benefits afforded to college and university presidents across Georgia.

Kid of the day

Evans gains business in clinic
On one of the largest remaining open swaths of land in Evans, the future of an Augusta women's health care center is being charted. The Belair Road development - which currently exists in the pastel of an artist's rendering - also will eventually offer separate retail shops, restaurants and even an outdoor commons area.

Benefits surge for presidents of universities

Project uncovers old graves
BEAUFORT, S.C. - Who were the 80 or so departed souls whose bodies lie in the ground behind the Beaufort National Cemetery?

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DOT is shelling out cash for signs
TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. - Beside the marsh on U.S. 80 between Wilmington and Tybee islands, eight new signs were erected last week.

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.

Majette's win inspires former mayor of Alma

Former Augusta Mayor McIntyre dies

Harlem man faces five child porn charges

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Across the region

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.

Augustans recall McIntyre's deeds

Across South Carolina

Across the southeast

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.

Grant green-lights survey of sunken Confederate ship

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.

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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.

Decision to use out-of-state workers draws ire of locals

Across the area

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.

Open arms welcome seniors

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.

Learning some respect

Owners of dams are put on alert

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

Mickelson misses 'grand' chance
HAVEN, Wis. - For a man who waited so long to be called a major champion, it's hard to quibble over a few misplaced shots.

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.

Superman quest tries cape on film, soap actors

Superman quest tries cape on film, soap actors
LOS ANGELES - A powerful father from beyond the heavens sends his son on a fateful journey to Earth to become a savior for humanity.

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.

Gordon confident he'll catch drivers up front

Hamilton shoots past Starr

Gordon confident he'll catch drivers up front
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. - The only future event Robby Gordon cares about is today's Sirius at the Glen road course race at Watkins Glen International.

Hamilton shoots past Starr
GLADEVILLE, Tenn. - Bobby Hamilton used a high pass to get around David Starr with eight laps remaining and claimed his fourth Craftsman Truck Series race of the season at Nashville Superspeedway on Saturday.

Pro football roundup

Mr. Archibald Lewis    (SANDY SPRINGS, Ga.)
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Mrs. Gladys Dudley    (EVANS, Ga.)
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Dr. Billy Earl Bompart    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Etiole Phillips    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Martha Priester    (ALLENDALE, S.C.)
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Mr. Arthur Boyd Conners    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Branch B. Palmer    (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)
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Mr. John Freeman    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Edna Meshotto    (DEARING, Ga.)
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Mr. Steve Crossland    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mr. Willie McCain    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mr. Laurie Garner, Jr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mr. Felix Manning    (Augusta)
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Mrs. Barbara Rogers    (EVANS, Ga.)
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Mr. Carl W. Luppold    (EVANS, Ga.)
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Mrs. Edna Meshotto    (DEARING, Ga.)
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Mrs. Bessie Long    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Gloria Hampton    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Ray Johnson    (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)
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Mr. Roy Flanders    (EVANS, Ga.)
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Mrs. Carolyne Shepherd    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Shirley Cato    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Leslie Sperry    (AUGUSTA, GA.)
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Mrs. Brownie Davis    (BARTOW, Ga.)
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Ms. Sarah Thompson    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Denny Freeman    (THOMSON, Ga.)
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Mrs. Minnie Abraham    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. Johnnie Clifton    (GREENSBORO, Ga.)
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Mrs. Eula Washington    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Jennifer Seigler    (AIKEN, S.C.)
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Mr. R. Travis Bradley    (VAUCLUSE, S.C.)
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Mr. William Wall    (BURNETTOWN, S.C.)
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Mr. Peter Bouknight    (JOHNSTON, S.C.)
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Mrs. Lillian Rolland    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Tarah Brown    (GRESHAMVILLE, Ga.)
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Mr. Bobby Paul    (WRENS, Ga.)
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Jacqueline Brunson    (HAMPTON, S.C.)
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Mr. Henry Mutimer    (MARTINEZ, Ga.)
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Mrs. Bessie Leverett    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Barbara McCord    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Christell Jones    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. William Wall    (BURNETTOWN, S.C.)
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Mr. Claude Higdon Jr.    (BONEVILLE, Ga.)
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Mrs. Rosa Jennings    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mrs. Edith Jane Goodgame    (Homemaker Martinez, GA.)
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Ms. Sandra Hiett    (BEAVER CREEK, Ohio)
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Mr. Claude Higdon Jr.    (BONEVILLE, Ga.)
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Mr. Laurie Garner, Jr.    (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)
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Mr. Hiram Parker    (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)
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Mr. Arthur Boyd Conners (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. William Wall (BURNETTOWN, S.C.)

Mrs. Gloria Hampton (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Dr. Billy Earl Bompart (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Sandra Hiett (BEAVER CREEK, Ohio)

Mrs. Leslie Sperry (AUGUSTA, GA.)

Mrs. Edna Meshotto (DEARING, Ga.)

Jacqueline Brunson (HAMPTON, S.C.)

Mrs. Christell Jones (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Felix Manning (Augusta)

Mr. Laurie Garner, Jr. (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Shirley Cato (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Johnnie Clifton (GREENSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Jennifer Seigler (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mr. R. Travis Bradley (VAUCLUSE, S.C.)

Mrs. Edna Meshotto (DEARING, Ga.)

Mr. Carl W. Luppold (EVANS, Ga.)

Mr. Roy Flanders (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Eula Washington (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Peter Bouknight (JOHNSTON, S.C.)

Mr. Archibald Lewis (SANDY SPRINGS, Ga.)

Mr. Laurie Garner, Jr. (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Bessie Leverett (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ray Johnson (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Barbara McCord (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Willie McCain (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Gladys Dudley (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Edith Jane Goodgame (Homemaker Martinez, GA.)

Mr. Henry Mutimer (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Mr. Branch B. Palmer (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Mr. Steve Crossland (AIKEN, S.C.)

Mrs. Etiole Phillips (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Brownie Davis (BARTOW, Ga.)

Mr. William Wall (BURNETTOWN, S.C.)

Mr. Claude Higdon Jr. (BONEVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Barbara Rogers (EVANS, Ga.)

Mrs. Rosa Jennings (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Sarah Thompson (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Tarah Brown (GRESHAMVILLE, Ga.)

Mrs. Carolyne Shepherd (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

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.

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

Olympic Capsules
ATHENS, Greece -- Michael Phelps won his first Olympic gold medal and broke his own world record in the 400-meter individual medley Saturday, an impressive start to his quest to eclipse Mark Spitz's 1972 record of seven gold medals.

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.

Hoffa seeks storybook finish
Reese Hoffa can hardly believe his own story. From an orphanage in Kentucky to a family in Columbia County to the Olympics in Greece.

Hype over, Phelps takes gold in pursuit of Spitz
ATHENS, Greece -- Michael Phelps made seven of the world's fastest swimmers look like tugs chasing a speedboat.

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.

Big chill at Summer Games: Greeks turn back on once loved sprinter
ATHENS, Greece -- Among the many local honors heaped on Olympic champion Kostas Kenteris was an Aegean Sea ferry bearing his name.

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."

Augusta has come to a big fork in the road
The Augusta-Richmond County Committee for Good Government has its work cut out for itself.

Augusta has come to a big fork in the road
The Augusta-Richmond County Committee for Good Government has its work cut out for itself.

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."

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Preparations going well for Augusta swimmer

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Area sports announcements

Area sports announcements
Note: Announcements for participatory events must be written, delivered, mailed or faxed to The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928, with a return address and phone number. No phone calls are accepted. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. The announcements will be published weekly.

Preparations going well for Augusta swimmer
Editor's note: Lantz Lamback is competing in the Paralympic Games, Sept. 19-27, in Athens, Greece. He will compete in four individual events (50 free, 100 free, 400 free and 100 back) and two relays. Lantz, 18, has been training at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., since May 31. He is sharing his thoughts with staff writer Chris Gay.

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Smarty Jones is ready to hoof it out of Philly.

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Two of Georgia's preseason all-star candidates, David Pollack and Max Jean-Gilles, are expected to miss practice time next week.

Outdoors Calendar
NOTE: All the listed events are open to the public, although membership in some organizations might be required.

Boar Wars: On the homefront
Anyone who has taken a prized fish or mammal to the taxidermist has experienced the long, anxious wait for that all-important call. Mine came Tuesday.

Majette's win inspires former mayor of Alma
ATLANTA - When Congresswoman Denise Majette won last week's Democratic U.S. Senate nomination by fending off a wealthy challenger's $1.8 million advertising blitz, candidates in smaller races, such as Roger Boatright, were paying attention.

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

Pro football roundup
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Jon Gruden will never forget peering out the window in his hotel room and getting a close-up view of Hurricane Charley.

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.

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?"

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.

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.

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.

Boar Wars: On the homefront

Tiger's a 'cut' above the rest

Mickelson misses 'grand' chance

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."

Kilborn calls it quits at 'Late Late Show'

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.

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."

Commission taps Lehrer, Gibson, Schieffer as presidential debate moderators

Groups demand TV station pull Green Card game

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.

Clint Eastwood settles libel suit

Moore defends disputed headline in Bush-bashing documentary

People in the News

Fraternal twin delivers 2 sets of identical twins on her birthday

Georgia coastline stays calm

Flood, tornado watches posted as storms move into state

Christian youth group meets in unconventional place

Book club discusses topics on life, death

Muslim professor prints Quran in modern English

Faith digest

Pastor's writings address doubt

Woman says God sends messages to people about their lives