Cubans, Americans unite to create art
HAVANA -- Palm trees blow in a hurricane's wind, surrounded by devastation. Unsteady scaffolding straddles the Malecon, Havana's famed seawall, covered with rubble and dust of once-standing buildings.

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.

'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."

Chronicle of high school year focuses on prom night

Tom Hewitt sinks his teeth into 'Dracula, The Musical'
NEW YORK -- On stage as Dracula, Tom Hewitt is a fearsome presence, looming over his castmates all fangs, piercing eyes and booming baritone.

The last days of Johnny Cash subject of new book

Robert B. Parker's latest mystery a shoddy mess

'The Donor' has plenty to give

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

Tale of baseball and New England life, a gentle story

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

Arts educators learning to be who they are - not yet - at Lincoln Center
NEW YORK -- Balloons can float like Mozart tunes. That was the lesson of the day from composer Daniel Levy as he watched three of his "students" kicking, tapping and hugging balloons moving across a room, like notes up and down a scale.

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

Tom Hewitt sinks his teeth into 'Dracula, The Musical'

Cubans, Americans unite to create art

Arts calendar
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Arts educators learning to be who they are - not yet - at Lincoln Center

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.

After 50 years, 'Twelve Angry Men' finds its way to Broadway

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.

Russian clown stars in a visual comedy called 'Slava's Snowshow'

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."

Russian clown stars in a visual comedy called 'Slava's Snowshow'
NEW YORK -- The show is called "Slava's Snowshow." Its star and creator is Russian clown Slava Polunin, who has made a name for himself all over the world touring with his own show and as a featured performer with Cirque du Soleil.

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.

After 50 years, 'Twelve Angry Men' finds its way to Broadway
NEW YORK -- "Twelve Angry Men," Reginald Rose's classic jury-room drama, was one of the brightest jewels of television's Golden Age.

'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.

White Sox edge Red Sox
BOSTON -- Mark Buehrle overcame a wild start, Carlos Lee had a home run and three RBIs and the Chicago White Sox got out of a ninth-inning jam to beat the Boston Red Sox 5-4 Sunday.

Marlins defeat Brewers in 10 innings
MILWAUKEE -- Luis Castillo tied the score with a ninth-inning single, and pinch-hitter Damion Easley hit a two-run double in the 10th inning that led the Florida Marlins over the Milwaukee Brewers 5-3 Sunday.

Giambi increasing workouts

Cubs honor Maddux

Dodgers top Cubs
CHICAGO -- Adrian Beltre and Shawn Green homered, and Steve Finley hit a go-ahead RBI single in the eighth inning as the Los Angeles Dodgers rallied for an 8-5 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Sunday.

Oakland honors ex-closer

Giambi increasing workouts
TAMPA, Fla. -- Yankees first baseman Jason Giambi ran outside for the first time Sunday since being diagnosed with a benign tumor last month.

White Sox edge Red Sox

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.

Dodgers top Cubs

Cubs honor Maddux
CHICAGO -- Greg Maddux was honored before Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in recognition of his 300th career victory.

Postcard from Massachusetts completes our project

Man drives into lake, tries to smoke crack while sinking
NORTH PATCHOGUE, N.Y. A police chase ended when a Long Island motorist drove into a backyard pond and tried to smoke a crack pipe just before his car sank, police said.

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.

115 accused of gambling on insect fights
HONG KONG Hong Kong police arrested 115 men for illegally gambling on insect fights on Sunday in the same building that housed a cricket lovers' association, a police spokesman said.

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.

Cardinals end Braves' streak
ATLANTA - The Braves' giddiness lasted one day, replaced by the dull ache of a 10-4 loss to the Cardinals in the rubber game of the series Sunday night at Turner Field, marking Atlanta's first series loss in seven weeks.

Atlanta outslugs St. Louis

Franco showing power off bench
ATLANTA - Who says an old dog can't learn new tricks? Julio Franco, at 45 the oldest player in the major leagues, has become Braves manager Bobby Cox's primary weapon off the bench.

Web can speed job search

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.

Privatizing the post

Business briefs
OUTSOURCING: U.S. workers are far from unanimous in their feelings about job outsourcing, according to an annual survey of employee attitudes.

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.

Business calendar
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Mom aids multiple-birth parents

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

Business briefs

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.

ING Direct strives to encourage savings

Business licenses

What will it take to put you into this stove?

On the move

Health plans resurrect some cost controls from strident managed care era
NEW YORK -- Surging health costs have prompted a return to some unpopular moneysaving measures that were scaled back after the backlash against managed care during the late 1990s, a new study reported on Wednesday.

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

ING Direct strives to encourage savings
WILMINGTON, Del. -- While most banks are spiffing up branches and launching new products to deepen relationships with customers, ING Direct has set off in the opposite direction.

Health plans resurrect some cost controls from strident managed care era

Business calendar

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

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

Nicholls State fires football coach over alleged academic fraud
THIBODAUX, La. -- Nicholls State football coach Daryl Daye was fired Sunday over accusations of academic fraud involving players and an assistant coach.

AP keeps Trojans as nation's No. 1

McIntyre a man of firsts

Rx plan can work

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.

Jurors need no excuses

McIntyre a man of firsts
A man's entire life should not be judged by his worst actions. Ed McIntyre, who died at age 71 on Saturday, is proof of that.

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."

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.

Health, not property

The larger issue

Kerry to cut and run?

Rx plan can work
It's hard not to sympathize with Republicans like U.S. Rep. Gresham Barrett and U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina who find themselves trying to explain to elderly constituents how the new Medicare discount drug card works - even though they voted against it for being too expensive.

Kerry to cut and run?
Despite all the Kerry-Edwards tough talk at the Democratic National Convention about keeping America strong and being resolute in the fight against terror, John Kerry is starting to send signals that he's prepared to cut and run from Iraq.

Nicky Hilton marries in Vegas
LAS VEGAS - Hotel heiress Nicky Hilton married a New York money manager before dawn Sunday in an impromptu ceremony, according to court filings obtained by The Associated Press.

Drama expected in showdown between Jackson and district attorney
SANTA MARIA, Calif. -- A day before he is scheduled to appear in court for his child molestation case, Michael Jackson made a surprise visit to a South Los Angeles church on Sunday and met with about 35 Sunday school students.

Vivica Fox embarks on a quest for self
LOS ANGELES -- It's not every day you'll hear a Hollywood actress bragging about turning 40 the way Vivica A. Fox is doing.

Entertainment world still wary of Microsoft
LOS ANGELES -- CinemaNow Inc., the Internet-based movie service, is a rarity in Hollywood - a company that eagerly embraces Microsoft Corp. technology and relies on it exclusively to transmit, protect and display the movies it rents to customers.

People in the News
MIAMI -- Actor Danny Glover backed out of a cruise commemorating the Haitian bicentennial, saying he did not want to appear to support the government installed after Jean-Bertrand Aristide was ousted as president.

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.

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?

Consumer advocates say leased phones is like dialing 'R' - for rip-off

Consumer advocates say leased phones is like dialing 'R' - for rip-off
PHILADELPHIA -- When Ma Bell broke up in 1984, Betty Jane Hunt continued leasing her telephone - and did so until just a few years ago, when a friend analyzed her phone bill and discovered the small monthly fee.

Getting in on Google: Not eligible?!
NEW YORK -- I wanted in. But, at least for now, I'm out. I've been participating in the run-up to Google Inc.'s widely publicized initial public stock offering, or IPO, to give people insight into how the company's auction process works. It's been billed as an IPO for the average investor, circumventing the Wall Street insiders to give the little guy a shot at getting pre-market shares of the hottest IPO of the 21st century.

Is my winter heating bill going to destroy my finances?

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

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

Captains halt Jackets' 5-game winning streak
Kyle Jackson began the season as the Augusta GreenJackets' opening-day starter.

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

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.

Duncan wins Palmetto

Whistling Straits proves it's major league

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.

Zahringer leads field at U.S. Amateur
MAMARONECK, N.Y. -- George Zahringer III is back for another shot at the U.S. Amateur.

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.

Jackson cards record; Gault tops in playoff

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.

Woods' losing streak in majors extended, but he's still No. 1

Major showdown

Whistling Straits proves it's major league
HAVEN, Wis. -- The world hasn't seen the last of Whistling Straits, the gem of a golf course that debuted to magnificent reviews during the PGA Championship.

Eagle gets Howell some consolation
HAVEN, Wis. - Charles Howell didn't leave Whistling Straits with a trophy, and he didn't leave it with a Ryder Cup invitation.

England's Gary Emerson wins Russian Open
NAKHABINO, Russia -- Gary Emerson birdied three of the final five holes Sunday to finish with a 4-under 68 and win the Russian Open by two strokes.

Eagle gets Howell some consolation

Players jockey for final spots

Jackson cards record; Gault tops in playoff
GRANITEVILLE - Mike Jackson has played in hundreds of 36-hole golf tournaments in the southeastern United States, from Jacksonville, Fla., to Columbus, Ga.

Vijay victorious on difficult day

Woods' losing streak in majors extended, but he's still No. 1
HAVEN, Wis. -- Tiger Woods came up empty in a major again, but he's still the No. 1 ranked player in the world.

England's Gary Emerson wins Russian Open

Ott shoots 8-under for first professional win
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Bratt Ott shot an 8-under 64 on Sunday to win the Nationwide Tour's Price Cutter Charity Championship for his first professional victory.

PGA Championship notebook

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

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.

Vijay victorious on difficult day
HAVEN, Wis. - Vijay Singh didn't lose the PGA Championship on Sunday - and that's really saying something.

Two play way onto team
HAVEN, Wis. - Chris DiMarco and Chris Riley didn't win the PGA Championship, but they won a spot on the U.S. Ryder Cup team.

Montgomerie won't let go of Ryder Cup dreams

GreenJackets' notebook

Gardner baffles Suns to earn 12th victory

Florida starts massive cleanup
PUNTA GORDA, Fla. -- Residents left homeless by Hurricane Charley's 145 mph winds dug through their ravaged homes on Sunday, sweeping up shattered glass and rescuing what they could as President Bush promised rapid delivery of disaster aid.

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

Rain from Charley's remains hits Massachusetts, Maine as storm moves out to sea
BOSTON -- The disorganized remnants of Hurricane Charley dropped rain across the Northeast and whipped up choppy seas Sunday as the weakening weather system sped off toward the North Sea.

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:

Charley does little damage in South Carolina
Hurricane Charley left little devastation after striking South Carolina's northern coast on Saturday. But it brought some state officials a feeling of confidence in their readiness when stronger storms head this way.

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'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.

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.

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.

Wreck shuts down Highway 56
Authorities shut down part of a road leading from Burke County into Richmond County after a late morning wreck where a logging truck overturned and blocked a road.

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

Smoking ban is win-win situation for everyone

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

Poor-choice Walker makes poor case

Public smoking is health hazard

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

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

Kerry must offer full disclosure
Why have 17 of the 23 officers who served with John Kerry signed a letter saying Kerry isn't fit to be commander in chief? Kerry opened the door on his Vietnam record. He should therefore release his journal, unedited, and have the Department of Defense disclose his complete military/medical records to the public. Paul W. Rosenthal Augusta

Leave the bars out of smoking ban

Public discourse has gone downhill
Too many letters to the editor have been downright harsh, belittling and nasty. It is especially noticeable in the area of religion and politics. The worst offenders have a tendency to place everyone they like or dislike into those two particular categories. Categorizing individuals into select groups who act, think and live exactly alike is totally impossible. Hank Ford Aiken

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

Is Bush really next to godliness?
The Augusta Chronicle has published many letters saying that President George W. Bush is a godly man. Susan Yarborough Augusta

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.

Poor-choice Walker makes poor case
When will my fellow human beings of color wake up to the fact that the leaders they are picking are not good ones? Andy Chandler Augusta

Is Bush really next to godliness?

Smoking ban will erode our rights

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

Government, just kindly butt out

Lots and lots of people back public smoking ban

Kerry must offer full disclosure

'Doom 3' a terrifying experience

A Meeting at the Track

Techbits: Mobile protest, wireless motes, and more

Expect to see more low maintenance products on household horizon

Microsoft battens down Windows XP's hatches

Challenging hike up Diamond Head yields view of paradise

North Augusta woman fleshed out 1920s cottage she bought

Termites can eat away your bank account, too

Thirty-five years after, Woodstock lingers in popular imagination

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

Science center offers fossil dig and tug of war in Baltimore

Groom's parents should contact bride's family

Unprecedented electronic net over the Olympics

Food-based computer games teach nutrition

Asian tour operators back on track with healthy growth

'Insider' info puts city blogs on the map

Entertainment world still wary of Microsoft

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

In the know

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.

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.

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.

'Doom 3' a terrifying experience
Think of "Doom 3" as an extended version of that moment in a haunted house when the monster jumps out from behind a corner. Like some sort of gag reflex, you can't help but instinctively scream in terror.

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.

Food-based computer games teach nutrition
WASHINGTON -- The virtual baked beans were falling fast. The unopened can had to go somewhere, but where? Not the simulated freezer.

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.

Unprecedented electronic net over the Olympics
ATHENS, Greece -- If you're planning on attending this month's Olympic Games, you'd best be careful what you say and do in public.

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.

Techbits: Mobile protest, wireless motes, and more
NEW YORK -- Joshua Kinberg spent a year turning his bicycle into a mobile protest machine ready to take on the Republican National Convention - and got a master's degree in the process.

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.

Microsoft battens down Windows XP's hatches
With the latest update to Microsoft Corp.'s Windows XP operating system, personal computers will soon join parents, bosses, teachers and spouses as a source of nagging in your life. But as mom always said, it's for your own good.

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.

Entertainment world still wary of Microsoft
LOS ANGELES -- CinemaNow Inc., the Internet-based movie service, is a rarity in Hollywood - a company that eagerly embraces Microsoft Corp. technology and relies on it exclusively to transmit, protect and display the movies it rents to customers.

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.

'Insider' info puts city blogs on the map
NEW YORK --In Chicago, bloggers find out where the latest "Batman" movie is being filmed. In New York, they drool over pictures of steamed pork buns from a dim sum restaurant in Chinatown. And in Los Angeles, they joke about how the leavings of police cavalry might make Hollywood's streets smell even worse.

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

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.

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?

Five questions

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Dontavious Davis, 7, of Augusta.

Augustans recall McIntyre's deeds

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

Across Georgia

Across Georgia
COLUMBUS - A woman was killed after a sidewalk scuffle involving her 15-year-old niece and another girl escalated into a mob scene that drew gunfire.

Former congressman discusses his book on Clinton impeachment
ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- For Bob Barr, it's crucial to set history straight, especially when it comes to the impeachment of President Clinton.

Center's pets keep officers attached
AIKEN - In a place where 20 or more animals are euthanized every day, it helps to have a few friendly, furry faces that stick around for a while.

Summit will examine new strategies to battle meth epidemic
ATLANTA -- If methamphetamine abuse is a disease in Georgia, maybe the beginnings of a cure can be found in Oklahoma.

School is no hard sale for director
Selling education is very different from selling golf cars, but Cary H. Rivers says it's all about people.

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.

Rants and raves
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The week ahead
Have you got two fingers? Good, please cross them together.

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

Experts look for why of Meza family tragedy
ROCK HILL, S.C. -- Those who service families devastated by domestic violence and sexual assault say local and state officials failed the Mezas, a father, mother and three children found dead in their burned out home last week.

Recycling plant accused of polluting river

Legislator hopes for traffic light cameras in S.C.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- A state legislator hopes to make it possible for South Carolina law enforcement offices to ticket drivers running red lights using pictures taken from traffic light cameras.

Another losing season in Georgia for wealthy aspiring politicians

Expedition targets Georgia's only shipwrecked blockade runner
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.

Benefits surge for presidents of universities

Georgia volunteers aid hurricane victims
COLUMBUS, Ga. -- As Florida begins rebuilding from Hurricane Charley, Georgians will be there to help their neighbors through the disaster.

Grant green-lights survey of sunken Confederate ship

Mayor had lasting visions
Former Augusta Mayor Ed M. McIntyre Sr. was remembered Sunday as a peacemaker and a man of vision whose appeal crossed racial lines.

Teacher shortage lingers

Tattoo zoning angers artists

Five questions
Josh Kendall, assistant manager at Sprint Food Stores Inc. in Martinez, answers five questions for The Augusta Chronicle.

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.

Across the southeast

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.

News you can use

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.

School is no hard sale for director

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.

Summit will examine new strategies to battle meth epidemic

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.

Kid of the day

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

Mayor had lasting visions

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.

Across South Carolina

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.

Support grows for stem cell research

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.

Witness in York case maintains original testimony was true

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.

Nephew of man killed in alleged meth lab blast 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.

Changing the subject
JOHNSTON, S.C. - Greg Thompson knows his 11-page code of conduct with a list of banned clothing items and a stricter tardiness policy won't exactly make him well-liked by students.

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?

Fewer troopers, inattention lead fatalities to rise
ORANGEBURG, S.C. -- State officials say fewer troopers and more distractions have led to an increase in fatalities on South Carolina roadways this year.

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Unusual move: New swing bridge to replace old one
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. -- One indelible image from Hurricane Hugo was that of the Ben Sawyer Bridge twisted on its foundation by the storm's 135 mph winds, one end of the swing bridge tilting precariously into the Intracoastal Waterway.

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.

Nephew of man killed in alleged meth lab blast charged with murder
MACON, Ga. -- The nephew of a man killed in an explosion related to a methamphetamine lab has been charged with murder.

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.

Witness in York case maintains original testimony was true
MACON, Ga. -- A key government witness in the case of a leader of a quasi-religious sect convicted of child molestation and racketeering said she tried to recant her testimony because she felt sorry for him.

Majette's win inspires former mayor of Alma

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County mourns death of icon

Man arrested after falsely obtained credit cards found in search
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- A 40-year-old man has been arrested and charged with credit card fraud and financial identity fraud after a police search found dozens of falsely obtained credit cards in his apartment, Gwinnett police said.

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.

Recycling plant accused of polluting river
DUBLIN, Ga. -- Environmental volunteers along the Altamaha River say the water is being polluted by a surprising culprit: a recycling plant.

Unusual move: New swing bridge to replace old one

Woman killed when street fight draws gunfire
COLUMBUS, Ga. -- A woman was killed after a sidewalk scuffle involving her 15-year-old niece and another girl escalated into a mob scene that drew gunfire.

Fewer troopers, inattention lead fatalities to rise

Across the southeast
RALEIGH, N.C. - Rain drenched North Carolina's eastern counties Sunday as electric crews rushed to return power to customers and residents picked up debris left by three days of violent storms.

Changing the subject

Across South Carolina
ANDERSON - A 27-year-old woman was fatally shot at her home after an argument with a man she was dating, Anderson County officials said.

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Across the area
A Thomson woman was injured when her four-wheeler flipped over Sunday afternoon, according to the Georgia State Patrol in Thomson.

Ex-police chief welcomes post

Museum digs up treasures
When most families clean out their attics, they don't find wooden bathtubs, Victorian bedroom sets and 17th-century curling irons.

Former congressman discusses his book on Clinton impeachment

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Center's pets keep officers attached

Office draws ire of client
It had been about a month since he'd undergone triple bypass surgery, and Tony Basilicato was confident that officials at the Drivers License Services bureau on Mike Padgett Highway would take his still-fragile health into consideration as he sought to get his Connecticut license changed to a Georgia one.

Kid of the day

Ex-police chief welcomes post
Spring 2004 was admittedly not one of the happiest times for Van McMillan.

Experts look for why of Meza family tragedy

Across the southeast

The week ahead

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

Office draws ire of client

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Across Georgia

This is just the beginning for Kohler's Lake Michigan gem
HAVEN, Wis. - As the face of Whistling Straits, Herb Kohler is certainly a man of contrasts.

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.

Enforcing food rules, karma strikes back at perfect brisket
Have you ever seen a grown man cry? Had you been in our kitchen on a recent morning, you would have had to offer me a box of tissues.

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

Up, up and away: Who can play the Man of Steel?

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films

Lance Henriksen connects 'Aliens' with 'Alien vs. Predator'

At the Movies: 'Alien vs. Predator'

'Alien vs. Predator' gobbles competition with $38.25 million

'Alien vs. Predator' gobbles competition with $38.25 million
LOS ANGELES -- Movie-goers were easy prey for a double dose of space invaders.

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.

Lance Henriksen connects 'Aliens' with 'Alien vs. Predator'
SAN DIEGO -- Lance Henriksen has a split personality in the "Aliens" universe.

At the Movies: 'Alien vs. Predator'
The PG-13 rating of "Alien vs. Predator" alone tells the story of this grudge match between space beasties.

Up, up and away: Who can play the Man of Steel?
LOS ANGELES -- A powerful father from beyond the heavens sends his son on a fateful journey to Earth to become a savior for humanity.

Superman quest tries cape on film, soap actors

Pixies singer says, labels are optional

Jam band Phish takes the stage to bid farewell to fans

Pixies singer says, labels are optional
TOKYO -- The Pixies, pioneers of alternative rock in the 1990s, are back after a 12-year hiatus and riding a whole new wave of success. But according to lead singer Charles Thompson, they'll be doing one thing differently this time around - they won't be rushing to find a label.

Sound Bites: Music Reviews
Havoc and Prodigy don't do crunk, and they definitely don't do melody. Ever since the 1995 classic "The Infamous," Mobb Deep's most compelling music has been full of bleak rhymes, dreadful imagery and looming, atmospheric beats.

Q&A: Folk singer Pete Seeger

Jam band Phish takes the stage to bid farewell to fans
COVENTRY, Vt. -- Tens of thousands of fans screamed and danced Saturday in a fantasyscape of upside-down trees and silver sculptures for the first in a series of farewell concerts by the jam band Phish.

Life on the road starting to "feel like home" for Norah Jones
NEW YORK -- Norah Jones has been on the road so long, she's considered putting a couch on the stage and calling her tour "The Couch Tour."

Q&A: Folk singer Pete Seeger
LOS ANGELES -- The voice on the other end of the line sounds a bit winded at first, giving his caller momentary pause that perhaps the years are finally catching up on the dean of American folk singers.

Garage rock festival to take NYC by storm with 40 acts, old and new

Garage rock festival to take NYC by storm with 40 acts, old and new
NEW YORK -- The spirit of garage rock infused both the three-chord anthems of the Ramones and the raw power of Iggy and the Stooges.

Sound Bites: Music Reviews

Gordon confident he'll catch drivers up front

Teammates Bourdais and Junqueira getting chippy
DENVER -- A bump last week at the Grand Prix of Road America put a strain on the relationship between Newman-Haas teammates Bruno Junqueira and Sebastien Bourdais.

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.

Teammates Bourdais and Junqueira getting chippy

Uncomfortable ride can't stop Stewart at the Glen
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. - Tony Stewart was in a hurry to win Sunday's Sirius at the Glen - and to find a restroom.

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.

Schumacher sets another record with 12th win of season

Uncomfortable ride can't stop Stewart at the Glen

Schumacher sets another record with 12th win of season
BUDAPEST, Hungary -- Michael Schumacher might soon run out of records to set.

Bryant's final pretrial hearing Monday amid mounting speculation of dismissal
DENVER -- With Kobe Bryant's sexual assault trial scheduled to begin in less than two weeks, speculation is mounting that prosecutors are looking for a way to dismiss the charge after a series of setbacks.

Bryant's final pretrial hearing Monday amid mounting speculation of dismissal

Peerless Price believes 2004 will be his year

Kerney leaves practice with sprained right knee

Niners happy they now have several capable options at receiver

Brunell lands first blow in quarterback battle

Pro football roundup

Gannon and Collins get to showcase their skills

Favre tries to balance aggressive play and ball protection

Beasley could miss several weeks with ankle injury

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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.

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.

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.

Phelps denied chance to surpass Spitz's medal haul

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.

Puerto Rico stuns United States

Puerto Rico stuns United States
ATHENS, Greece -- In an upset as historic as it was inevitable, Tim Duncan, Allen Iverson and the rest of the U.S. basketball team lost 92-73 to Puerto Rico on Sunday, only the third Olympic loss ever for America and its first since adding pros.

Phelps denied chance to surpass Spitz's medal haul
ATHENS, Greece -- Mark Spitz can rest easy. The best Michael Phelps can do is win seven gold medals at these Olympics.

Pupils suffer in segregated schools
In his recent comments, Bill Cosby has sought to connect "black culture" with the state of black education. In calling attention to a subculture that promotes baggy pants, poor diction, abusive rap lyrics, teenage pregnancy and a lack of motivation, he fingers the lack of "individual responsibility" that permeates black youth.

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.

Pupils suffer in segregated schools
In his recent comments, Bill Cosby has sought to connect "black culture" with the state of black education. In calling attention to a subculture that promotes baggy pants, poor diction, abusive rap lyrics, teenage pregnancy and a lack of motivation, he fingers the lack of "individual responsibility" that permeates black youth.

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.

Smarty Jones to arrive at new home on Monday

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Preparations going well for Augusta swimmer

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In Erie, Pa., Jane Park won the U.S. Women's Amateur on Sunday, clinching her first U.S. Golf Association title when Amanda McCurdy bogeyed the 36th and final hole.

Smarty Jones to arrive at new home on Monday
MIDWAY, Ky. -- Smarty Jones is moving into his new Kentucky home Monday morning.

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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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.

Another losing season in Georgia for wealthy aspiring politicians
ATLANTA -- With enough money, it's possible to start a political career at the top, skipping the usual career path of steppingstone offices. North Carolina Sen. John Edwards, a Democrat, did it. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a Republican, did, too.

Brunell lands first blow in quarterback battle
ASHBURN, Va. (AP)- At least for one play, Washington Redskins quarterback Mark Brunell had the offense working.

Beasley could miss several weeks with ankle injury
SAN FRANCISCO -- Fullback Fred Beasley could be sidelined until the 49ers' season opener Sept. 12 against the Atlanta Falcons with a high left ankle sprain.

Gannon and Collins get to showcase their skills
ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Both Rich Gannon and Kerry Collins got a good chance to showcase their skills in Oakland's exhibition opener.

Niners happy they now have several capable options at receiver
SAN FRANCISCO -- The 49ers miss the electrifying catches and big plays from Terrell Owens - it's everything else about the star receiver they're happy to do without.

Favre tries to balance aggressive play and ball protection
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Brett Favre would love to throw fewer interceptions this season. He's just not sure he can.

Peerless Price believes 2004 will be his year
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- After an agonizing first year with the Atlanta Falcons, Peerless Price is eager to make amends.

Kerney leaves practice with sprained right knee
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Atlanta Falcons defensive end Patrick Kerney sprained his right knee in practice on Sunday when a lineman rolled on his leg.

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.

Pope struggles through Mass near shrine that brings hope to the ailing
LOURDES, France -- A sick man among the sick, Pope John Paul II struggled through Sunday Mass at a French shrine that draws desperate people seeking miracle cures. The 84-year-old pontiff gasped, trembled and asked aides for help during the 2 1/2 hour service in sizzling heat.

Boar Wars: On the homefront

Mickelson misses 'grand' chance

This is just the beginning for Kohler's Lake Michigan gem

'Toolbelt Diva' empowers women with power tools

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week

VH1's 'Soundtrack To War' examines power of music for soldiers in Iraq

VH1's 'Soundtrack To War' examines power of music for soldiers in Iraq
NEW YORK -- The images captured in "VH1 News Presents: Soundtrack To War," combines the use of music by America's soldiers and the unsettling pictures of war.

Cable powerhouses in a race to establish reality television network
NEW YORK -- In one corner, the Fox television empire. In another, cable executives who once ran the USA network and E! Entertainment Television.

TV Lookout: highlights (and lowlights) for the week
They were three very different mothers who might never have known of the others' existence. But they found one another through shared tragedy: the loss of a son from unjustified or questionable killing at the hands of the New York City police.

'Toolbelt Diva' empowers women with power tools
NEW YORK -- If Oprah Winfrey and Bob Villa had a kid, their offspring could be Norma Vally, the Discovery Home Channel's "Toolbelt Diva" who wants to empower women - with power tools.

Cable powerhouses in a race to establish reality television network

Vivica Fox embarks on a quest for self

Nicky Hilton marries in Vegas

People in the News

Drama expected in showdown between Jackson and district attorney

Entertainment world still wary of Microsoft

Georgia's tailgating tradition turns high-end

Georgia's tailgating tradition turns high-end
ATHENS, Ga. -- Tired of battling for a space to park their Chevy Suburban and tailgate before Georgia Bulldog games, Michael and Jill Sutton paid $12,500 to be guaranteed a space for life on game days.

115 accused of gambling on insect fights

Fraternal twin delivers 2 sets of identical twins on her birthday

Man drives into lake, tries to smoke crack while sinking

Georgia coastline stays calm

Charley does little damage in South Carolina

Rain from Charley's remains hits Massachusetts, Maine as storm moves out to sea

Pope struggles through Mass near shrine that brings hope to the ailing