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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

Cubans, Americans unite to create art

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

Spencer signs with Yankees
TAMPA, Fla. - Recently released outfielder Shane Spencer rejoined the New York Yankees on Monday, signing a minor league contract after working out at their spring training complex.

Giambi increasing workouts

White Sox edge Red Sox

Spencer signs with Yankees

Dodgers top Cubs

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.

Cubs honor Maddux

Lankford accepts minor league assignment
ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Ray Lankford accepted a minor league assignment to Triple-A Memphis on Monday, nine days after leaving the team to consider his career options.

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.

Lankford accepts minor league assignment

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.

Former Gold Glove 1B Mientkiewicz makes first major league start at second base.
BOSTON -- Former Gold Glove first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz got a rough introduction in his first career start at second base.

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.

Postcards show readers are still adventurous

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.

Odds and Ends
BROKEN BOW, Neb. -- Custer County Chief publisher Deb McCaslin admits her newspaper, at least for a week, was leftist.

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.

Philly is problem, not stadium
PHILADELPHIA - You're like me. You've been asking since Opening Day, "What's not to like about the Money Pit? What's not to like about Citizens Bank Park?" Who could dislike the Phillies' Jewel of Denial?

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.

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.

Jones gets to 300 in victory
SAN DIEGO - Chipper Jones hit his 300th career home run, and Mike Hampton pitched seven strong innings and drove in a run, leading the Atlanta Braves to a 5-4 win over the San Diego Padres on Monday night.

Jones gets to 300 in victory

Philly is problem, not stadium

Gas prices drop steadily nationwide; increase expected
CAMARILLO, Calif. -- Gas prices have dropped nearly 5 cents in the past three weeks with an increase in supply, but soaring crude oil prices could cause rates to rise again soon, an industry analyst said Sunday.

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.

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

Small operations unprepared for overtime rules
NEW YORK - Small-business owners can be so distracted by the daily grind they can miss out on anything that's ancillary to making the business work.

Small operations unprepared for overtime rules

Gap between haves, have-nots expands over two decades
WASHINGTON -- Over two decades, the income gap has steadily increased between the richest Americans, who own homes and stocks and got big tax breaks, and those at the middle and bottom of the pay scale, whose paychecks buy less.

10 p.m. slot is field of combat
The battle of the 10 p.m. newscast has begun.

ING Direct strives to encourage savings

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.

Health plans resurrect some cost controls from strident managed care era

Oil prices decline; markets still packed with fear

Business briefs

Business briefs

Business briefs
DETROIT - Kmart Holding Corp. swung into a profit in the second quarter from a year-ago loss, but sales continued to fall, hurt by cooler weather and fewer sales events.

Decatur trip exhibits potential of Augusta
Decatur, Ga., covers four square miles and is home to only about 18,000 people, but it's the perfect example of what Augusta could be.

Decatur trip exhibits potential of Augusta

10 p.m. slot is field of combat

Gap between haves, have-nots expands over two decades

Oil prices decline; markets still packed with fear
WASHINGTON -- Oil prices slipped Monday after the president of Venezuela survived a recall referendum, though fears of potential supply interruptions in other parts of the world kept futures above $46 a barrel.

Whitehurst ready to lead Clemson
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Jeff Davis, Clemson's "Judge" and Hall of Fame linebacker from its 1981 national championship team, recently saw Charlie Whitehurst, the Tigers' rising quarterback and their lynchpin for this season's soaring expectations.

Whitehurst ready to lead Clemson

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.

Longtime Gettysburg coach taking leave of absence
GETTYSBURG, Pa. -- Barry Streeter, head football coach at Gettysburg College for the last 26 years, will take a leave of absence this season to deal with a family medical issue.

Emporia State female coach loses discrimination case
KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- The women's volleyball coach at Emporia State lost her federal discrimination lawsuit against the school on Monday.

Emporia State female coach loses discrimination case

Longtime Gettysburg coach taking leave of absence

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.

Rx plan can work

McIntyre a man of firsts

Goodbye, Charley

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.

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.

Goodbye, Charley
It's a well-established scientific fact that major hurricanes only strike the United States in presidential election years.

Kerry to cut and run?

Rx plan can work

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.

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.

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.

Bobby Fischer announces plans to marry Japanese woman
TOKYO -- Former world chess champion Bobby Fischer appealed to U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell on Monday to help him renounce U.S. citizenship as he announced plans to marry a leading Japanese chess official, his lawyer said.

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.

'Fahrenheit' DVD set to debut in October
LOS ANGELES -- President Bush will face a home-video barrage four weeks before the election: "Fahrenheit 9/11," Michael Moore's assault on Bush's handling of the Sept. 11 attacks, debuts on DVD and videotape Oct. 5.

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.

People in the News
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- A trial date has been set for Sept. 30 for Courtney Love, who faces two felony drug charges for illegal possession of painkillers.

Michael Jackson in court for key hearing
SANTA MARIA, Calif. -- Fans of Michael Jackson erupted in cheers Monday as the pop star emerged from a double-decker tour bus and went into court for a showdown with the prosecutor who has pursued him for years on child molestation charges.

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

Stocks higher as oil falls
NEW YORK -- A drop in oil prices and upbeat outlooks from Wal-Mart and Lowe's prompted some bargain-hunting on Wall Street, sending stocks sharply higher Monday, with the swing exaggerated by thin late summer trading. The Dow Jones industrials surged nearly 130 points higher.

Tokyo stocks end lower

Sysco Corp.'s profit up 16 percent
HOUSTON -Food distributor Sysco Corp.'s fiscal fourth-quarter profit rose 16 percent due to an extra week in the quarter, customer-service initiatives and operating efficiency.

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.

Kmart earns $155 million in second quarter, sales continue to fall
DETROIT -- Kmart Holding Corp. swung into a profit in the second quarter from a year-ago loss, but sales continued to fall, hurt by cooler weather and fewer sales events.

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

Kmart earns $155 million in second quarter, sales continue to fall

Sysco Corp.'s profit up 16 percent

Lowe's reports a 17.9 percent increase in net income
MOORESVILLE, N.C. -- Lowe's Companies Inc. reported a 17.9 percent increase in net income during its second quarter, but results missed Wall Street expectations, as adverse weather in June hurt results.

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.

Treasury bills mixed in weekly auction

Treasury bills mixed in weekly auction
WASHINGTON -- Interest rates on short-term Treasury bills were mixed in Monday's auction, with rates on three-month bills unchanged while rates on six-month bills rose to the highest level in two weeks.

Tokyo stocks end lower
TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks fell Monday as investors continued to unload shares following news last week Japan's economy had been growing more slowly than many expected. The U.S. dollar was down against the Japanese yen.

Chavez's unexpected power lifts Augusta
Augusta manager Chad Epperson doesn't expect Dirimo Chavez to hit home runs or drive in 60 runs in a season.

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

Sunday swing sends Singh toward Hall
HAVEN, Wis. - An official from the World Golf Hall of Fame joined a casual conversation last year about players on the verge of election, and someone mentioned Vijay Singh.

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.

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.

Eagle gets Howell some consolation

England's Gary Emerson wins Russian Open

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.

Jackson cards record; Gault tops in playoff

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

Sutton selects Cup veterans

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.

Whistling Straits proves it's major league

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

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

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.

Sutton selects Cup veterans
MILWAUKEE - With five Ryder Cup rookies already on his team, Hal Sutton needed experience and a couple of reliable putters in his camp.

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.

Sunday swing sends Singh toward Hall

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.

Vijay victorious on difficult day

Chavez's unexpected power lifts Augusta

Rangers activate RHP Callaway from DL; place INF Perry on DL
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers activated right-hander Mickey Callaway from the 15-day disabled list on Monday in time for him to start against the Cleveland Indians.

NHL labor negotiations to resume Tuesday
NEW YORK -- With two fruitless negotiating sessions behind them and only one month left before an NHL lockout, the league and the players association will return to the bargaining table Tuesday.

Rangers activate RHP Callaway from DL; place INF Perry on DL

NHL labor negotiations to resume Tuesday

Red Wings sign left wing Vandermeer to one-year deal
DETROIT -- The Detroit Red Wings have signed left wing Peter Vandermeer to a one-year contract.

Red Wings sign left wing Vandermeer to one-year deal

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.

Tropical Storm Earl degenerates to tropical wave
ST. GEORGE'S, Grenada -- Tropical Storm Earl weakened to a tropical wave over the Caribbean Sea on Monday after unleashing heavy rains and winds that tore off roofs in Grenada and St. Vincent.

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.

Hurricane survivors wait for water, gas
PUNTA GORDA, Fla. -- Urban rescue teams, insurance adjusters and National Guard troops scattered across Florida Monday to help victims of Hurricane Charley and deliver water and other supplies to thousands of people left homeless.

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.

Postcards show readers are still adventurous
You might think with all the troubles in the world today, there would be some hesitation about overseas travel.

Smoke-free ordinance hearing slated for Friday
The public will have a chance to sound off Friday on a proposed smoke-free ordinance before the Augusta Commission takes it up for a vote.

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.

City needs better legal counsel
We were all dismayed to learn of the loss of $170,000 in Richmond county taxpayer dollars that would be paid to Martha Burk and her lawyers in fines and legal fees as a result of so-called civil-rights infractions during their protest of the Augusta National Golf Club last year. Randy Potter Augusta

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

Smoking is just freedom of choice

Ban on smoking is a no-brainer

Ban on smoking is a no-brainer
It's hard to believe a smoking ban is even under consideration in Augusta. I didn't think we were in a very progressive city. Jeff Hegarty Martinez

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

City needs better legal counsel

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

Kerry must offer full disclosure

Smoking is just freedom of choice
All citizens should carefully pay attention to the proposed smoking bans in both Richmond and Columbia counties. Gene Rickaby Martinez

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

Contamination is not your 'right'

Poor-choice Walker makes poor case

Is Bush really next to godliness?

Contamination is not your 'right'
I am stunned by the letters you have received about smoker's rights in public places. Donna Steele Evans

'Doom 3' a terrifying experience

Entertainment world still wary of Microsoft

In some places skateboarding trumps Little League

Unprecedented electronic net over the Olympics

High-tech ID system reportedly causes delays in Venezuela's vote

Microsoft battens down Windows XP's hatches

'Insider' info puts city blogs on the map

Seniors calendar

Freecycle groups offer items with no strings attached

Techbits: Mobile protest, wireless motes, and more

The Winner's Circle: Race-Day Revenge

Food-based computer games teach nutrition

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.

Seniors calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists activities and groups of interest to senior citizens. Please call the service agencies for information. To have your activity listed, write to Seniors Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

High-tech ID system reportedly causes delays in Venezuela's vote
CARACAS, Venezuela -- The high-tech thumbprint devices were meant to keep people from voting more than once in the recall ballot against President Hugo Chavez.

'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.

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.

'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 some places skateboarding trumps Little League
SAYREVILLE, N.J. -- While the tennis courts at Kennedy Park are bare on a hot afternoon, parents keep dropping off teenagers at the skate park, home to all the day's action.

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.

The Winner's Circle: Race-Day Revenge
EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the 13th chapter of an 18-part story that The Augusta Chronicle will publish in Your Life on Sundays, Tuesdays and Fridays.

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.

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.

Freecycle groups offer items with no strings attached
The Internet can sometimes seem like one big scam.

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.

City seeks donations of water
Augusta has adopted the hurricane-ravaged city of Avon Park, Fla., and will try to help fill the city's greatest immediate need, which is water, Mayor Bob Young announced Monday.

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

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.

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.

Edwards brings Kerry's platform to Georgia

CDC wants shots scheduled
ATLANTA - Flu season may be months away, but that doesn't mean parents should wait to schedule flu shots for their young children.

CDC wants shots scheduled

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.

Rants and raves
MY RANT IS to all the nonsmokers. I've never seen where a person leaving a restaurant or bar caused a wreck from smoking a cigarette, like a drinker or a drugger. Get a life. You people are always going to find something to complain about. If you're that funny, stay home and let the smokers go out. Have a nice day.

Around town

Law remains off floor of Congress
A year has passed, and U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood's proposal to give local law enforcement the power to enforce federal immigration law has seen little movement on Capitol Hill.

Mayor had lasting visions

U-Hall opens to praise of ASU students
Liz Hill lost her way in University Hall on Monday, but the returning sophomore at Augusta State University expected that.

Federal funds bypass Georgia
ATLANTA - A severe shortfall in the number of nurses in Georgia, expected to grow worse in coming years, wasn't enough to get the state some of the $15.5 million the federal government doled out last month to help solve a national problem.

Family speaks of fatal dispute
A murder trial continues today for an Augusta man accused of killing a childhood friend last fall in a Jennings Road apartment.

U-Hall opens to praise of ASU students

Phone booth returns to hotel
AIKEN - The Hotel Aiken's booth is back, but the phone isn't.

Law remains off floor of Congress

Across the area
An Augusta man was charged with child cruelty after deputies were told that he urinated on a child younger than 5 early Monday morning.

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.

Across Georgia
RINCON - Effingham County's former sheriff was critically injured Sunday when his car collided with an oncoming train.

Neptunium will be sent to Idaho

Group wants to pay chief more
AIKEN - Because he shoulders a bigger workload, the Aiken County Council says Chairman Ronnie Young should get more money than they do.

Another losing season in Georgia for wealthy aspiring politicians

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.

School is no hard sale for director

Across the area

Kid of the day

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

Across Georgia

Family speaks of fatal dispute

DeMint talks taxes during Aiken visit
AIKEN - South Carolina's duel for the U.S. Senate flared up over taxes Monday, with Republican candidate Jim DeMint calling for an end to the federal income tax in favor of a national sales tax.

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.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is James Dwayne Dorsey Jr., 6, of Appling.

Witness in York case maintains original testimony was true

Smoke-free ordinance hearing slated for Friday

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.

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.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

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.

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.

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.

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.

Two counties will address smoking ban
For Nathalie Brouillac, coming to Augusta from France meant finding freedom - from cigarette smoke.

Phone booth returns to hotel

News you can use
AUG. 17, 1959 Burglars failed to crack a safe at a Gwinnett Street grocery store Saturday night, but they escaped with $70 from a cash register and 40 cartons of cigarettes.

News you can use

City seeks donations of water

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

Across the area

Across the southeast

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.

Around town
Vick Reeves sweeps grass clippings off headstones at Magnolia Cemetery in Augusta. Mr. Reeves has been working for the Cemetery Department for six years. He said Monday that he spends most of his days maintaining the 65 acres that make up Magnolia Cemetery.

Nephew of man killed in alleged meth lab blast charged with murder

Tax projects need $30 million
Two weeks before they must have a final list of sales tax projects ready to go before voters this fall, Augusta commissioners were hit with a $30 million bombshell, dropped by Public Works Director Teresa Smith.

Summit will examine new strategies to battle meth epidemic

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.

Recycling plant accused of polluting river

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.

Changing the subject

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.

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

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.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - South Carolina sustained about $1.8 million in damages when Hurricane Charley hit the state Saturday, according to preliminary insurance damage estimates.

Unusual move: New swing bridge to replace old one

Council restricts locations of parlors
NORTH AUGUSTA - You won't be able to get your sweetheart's name emblazoned on your arm or a butterfly etched in ink across your back in the Palmetto State until the middle of next year, state officials said Monday.

Fewer troopers, inattention lead fatalities to rise

Edwards brings Kerry's platform to Georgia
ATLANTA - Stumping for votes and then money, John Edwards on Monday made his first visit to Georgia since becoming the Democrats' vice presidential candidate while touting a plan to spark jobs in rural areas.

Ex-police chief welcomes post

County fire tax isn't likely to come soon
AIKEN - A countywide fire tax for Aiken County's often cash-strapped volunteer fire departments won't be coming anytime soon, according to the vice president of the Aiken County Fire Chiefs Association.

Former congressman discusses his book on Clinton impeachment

DeMint talks taxes during Aiken visit

Five questions

Neptunium will be sent to Idaho
AIKEN - Savannah River Site will continue producing about 250 kilograms of radioactive neptunium 237 despite a decision to alter where it eventually will be sent, officials said Monday.

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.

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

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.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Kid of the day

Experts look for why of Meza family tragedy

Tax projects need $30 million

Center's pets keep officers attached

Two counties will address smoking ban

The week ahead

Group wants to pay chief more

Office draws ire of client

Rants and raves
MY RANT IS to all the nonsmokers. I've never seen where a person leaving a restaurant or bar caused a wreck from smoking a cigarette, like a drinker or a drugger. Get a life. You people are always going to find something to complain about. If you're that funny, stay home and let the smokers go out. Have a nice day.

Council restricts locations of parlors

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

At the Movies: capsule reviews of new films

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.

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

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

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

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

At the Movies: 'Alien vs. Predator'

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.

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

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
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.

Pixies singer says, labels are optional

Q&A: Folk singer Pete Seeger

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.

'Soundtrack' takes look at troops, music

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."

'Soundtrack' takes look at troops, music
NEW YORK - The images captured in VH1 News Presents: Soundtrack To War, combine the use of music by America's soldiers and the unsettling pictures of war.

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.

Sound Bites: Music Reviews

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.

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

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.

Schumacher sets another record with 12th win of season

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.

Uncomfortable ride can't stop Stewart at the Glen

Celtics sign Gugliotta, wait on Payton
WALTHAM, Mass. -- Ten days after trading for Gary Payton, the Boston Celtics still have no idea if the nine-time All-Star will ever wear a Celtics' uniform.

Prosecutors lose bid to bar testimony on sexual history
EAGLE, Colo. - In another setback to the prosecution in the Kobe Bryant sexual assault case, the Colorado Supreme Court refused Monday to hear an appeal of a key ruling that allows the NBA star's attorneys to tell jurors about the accuser's sex life.

Prosecutors lose bid to bar testimony on sexual history

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

Celtics sign Gugliotta, wait on Payton

Watson tries to catch up with teammates after signing six-year deal

Favre tries to balance aggressive play and ball protection

Vikings cornerback out at least 2 weeks with sprained knee

Banks relieved after scary spinal injury

Falcons' Lavalais putting an end to belly laughs

Niners happy they now have several capable options at receiver

Dolphins turn to Freeman for help

Broncos waive Stephens

Peerless Price believes 2004 will be his year

Griffin plans to change reputation

NFL Players union files Carter grievance against Cowboys

Gannon and Collins get to showcase their skills

Kerney leaves practice with sprained right knee

Brunell lands first blow in quarterback battle

Beasley could miss several weeks with ankle injury

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Olympic pin madness sweeps Athens

Umoh leads in life, Games
It's as though Harold Coleman pulled out a thesaurus to help him describe his life over the past month and a half.

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 set himself up for a fall

Olympic pin madness sweeps Athens
ATHENS, Greece -- Venus Williams is giving a whole new meaning to the term "overhead."

Phelps denied chance to surpass Spitz's medal haul

American men's gymnastics take silver
ATHENS, Greece -- Twenty years later, the boys are back on the medal stand.

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.

Phelps set himself up for a fall
ATHENS, Greece -- He set himself up for the fall. So maybe it doesn't matter now that Michael Phelps jumped into the pool Monday night with eyes wide open, that a kid who turned 19 only two months ago took his defeat like a man, or even that he risked $1 million just to find out if he could go faster than he ever had before.

Gymnasts can ease frustration today
ATHENS - Nothing can cure Olympic frustration better than a gold medal.

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.

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.

League-leading Galaxy fires coach

Overtime

Smarty Jones to arrive at new home on Monday

Overtime

Kept off German team and caught in hurricane, Weingartner perseveres

Kept off German team and caught in hurricane, Weingartner perseveres
MASON, Ohio -- After she got blocked from the German Olympic team and then survived Hurricane Charley - all within a week - Marlene Weingartner was glad just to be back on a tennis court.

League-leading Galaxy fires coach
CARSON, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Galaxy fired coach Sigi Schmid on Monday despite leading Major League Soccer with 34 points.

Overtime
In Charlotte, N.C., the Charlotte Bobcats traded center Predrag Drobnjak to the Atlanta Hawks on Monday for a second round pick in the 2005 NBA draft.

Overtime
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.

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.

Griffin plans to change reputation
ASHBURN, Va. -- Critics point to Cornelius Griffin's decline in sacks, especially once he became a starter, and a reputation for making a big play, then doing little else.

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.

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.

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.

Broncos waive Stephens
DENVER -- The Denver Broncos waived cornerback Reggie Stephens on Monday, five days after he left camp without giving a reason.

Dolphins turn to Freeman for help
DAVIE, Fla. -- The Miami Dolphins signed receiver Antonio Freeman to a one-year contract Monday, in an effort to bolster a position decimated by season-ending injuries to David Boston and Kendall Newson.

NFL Players union files Carter grievance against Cowboys
OXNARD, Calif. -- The NFL Players Association filed a grievance Monday against the Dallas Cowboys on behalf of Quincy Carter, claiming the quarterback was released by the team for reasons not permitted in the NFL collective bargaining agreement.

Watson tries to catch up with teammates after signing six-year deal
FOXBORO, Mass. -- Benjamin Watson spent his 18-day holdout trying to remember plays while his New England Patriots teammates were busy practicing them.

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.

Vikings cornerback out at least 2 weeks with sprained knee
MANKATO, Minn. -- Minnesota starting cornerback Brian Williams is expected to miss at least two weeks with a sprained left knee and may not be available for the Vikings' season opener Sept. 12 against Dallas.

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.

Banks relieved after scary spinal injury
DAVIE, Fla. -- Korey Banks feared the worst while laying on the field with a spinal injury Saturday, but the Miami Dolphins cornerback expects to recover and continue competing for a starting job.

Falcons' Lavalais putting an end to belly laughs
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Veteran Atlanta Falcons defensive lineman Ed Jasper's first impression of rookie Chad Lavalais was one big smile.

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.

Cave used by John the Baptist believed found
KIBBUTZ TZUBA, Israel -- Archaeologists think they've found a cave where John the Baptist baptized many of his followers - basing their theory on thousands of shards from ritual jugs, a stone used for foot cleansing and wall carvings telling the story of the biblical preacher.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

'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

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.

People in the News

Vivica Fox embarks on a quest for self

Bobby Fischer announces plans to marry Japanese woman

Entertainment world still wary of Microsoft

Nicky Hilton marries in Vegas

People in the News

Drama expected in showdown between Jackson and district attorney

Bailey keeps Coutu from getting a leg up for job
ATHENS, Ga. - In one of the most competitive battles in Georgia's preseason camp, Andy Bailey made up ground on Monday against Brandon Coutu in the fight to win the placekicking job.

Bailey keeps Coutu from getting a leg up for job

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.

Georgia's tailgating tradition turns high-end

4-1-1
Rocketed from virtual obscurity, indie rock band Taking Back Sunday is making its arrival loud and clear with its sophomore album Where You Want to Be.

Teen's pageant experience gives her chance to share
Danielle McKinley, 17, would have never considered herself a pageant girl, but when the opportunity came, the 2004 Greenbrier High School graduate took her chances and won.

Student is designing and selling her own jewelry line
Like many teen girls, Claire Welborn, 17, has cases full of bracelets, watches, earrings and necklaces.

Discuss compromise with mom on dating

Ashlee Simpson rocks out with eclectic debut
There's a new Simpson on TV and on the charts, and just like her sister, she's skyrocketed to the top.

My style

Audio best
Weekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear in Billboard magazine. Platinum signifies more than 1 million copies sold; Gold signifies more than 500,000 copies sold:

My style
The facts: Lisa Washer, 19, a freshman at Augusta State University.

Xtreme question of the week
Q: How often do you talk to your parents about things going on in your life?

Xtreme question of the week

Student is designing and selling her own jewelry line

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Teen's pageant experience gives her chance to share

Discuss compromise with mom on dating
THIS WEEK'S QUESTION: I'm going to the ninth grade, and when I was in about the seventh grade my mom said that I could start dating in the 10th grade. Well, I brought it up this summer, and she said that I couldn't, so she changed it to 12th, saying I had all the time in the world. After arguing, she finally made it 11th, but I would like to know what would make her allow me to date sooner. I'm very mature and responsible.

Odds and Ends

Man drives into lake, tries to smoke crack while sinking

115 accused of gambling on insect fights

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

Tropical Storm Earl degenerates to tropical wave

Charley does little damage in South Carolina

Hurricane survivors wait for water, gas

Cave used by John the Baptist believed found

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