Photographer Carl Mydans dead at 97

Photographer Carl Mydans dead at 97
NEW YORK -- Carl Mydans, who photographed 20th century events from the Great Depression to wars and politics and was a charter member of the Life magazine staff that pioneered magazine photojournalism, has died. He was 97.

Cardinals pitcher is 0-for-2004
ST. LOUIS - Last year, Jeff Suppan was the National League's best-hitting pitcher with a .293 average. This year? Nothing.

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.

Angels place Quinlan on DL with strained oblique; activate C Molina from DL
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Anaheim Angels placed infielder Robb Quinlan on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday with a strained left oblique muscle.

Williamson gets third opinion on ailing elbow
BOSTON -- Red Sox reliever Scott Williamson sought a third opinion on his ailing right elbow Tuesday before deciding whether to have major reconstructive surgery.

A good hitter last year, Cardinals pitcher is 0-for-2004

Pettitte's next start moved back two days

A good hitter last year, Cardinals pitcher is 0-for-2004
ST. LOUIS -- Last year, Jeff Suppan was the National League's best-hitting pitcher with a .293 average. This year? Nothing.

Angels place Quinlan on DL with strained oblique; activate C Molina from DL

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.

Cardinals pitcher is 0-for-2004

Williamson gets third opinion on ailing elbow

Spencer signs with Yankees

Pettitte's next start moved back two days
Commissioner Bud Selig's three-year contract extension, the start of a baseball television network and a World Cup tournament are likely to gain overwhelming approval from owners this week, while a decision on the future home of the Montreal Expos is put off once again.

Lankford accepts minor league assignment

Guillen goes to hospital because of pain in back and side
CHICAGO -- White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, set to start a two-game suspension Tuesday night, went to a hospital before the game against Detroit because of pain in his back and side.

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.

Postcards show readers are still adventurous

Toddler chokes to death on popcorn at movie theater
VALLEY STREAM, N.Y. -- A 3-year-old boy choked to death while eating popcorn at a movie theater.

Odds and Ends
ROSEBURG, Ore. -- A retired pastor reclaimed his title as world champion phone book ripper by tearing through 39 Portland white page directories in three minutes.

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

Padres' pitching put away Braves
SAN DIEGO -- Jake Peavy struck out nine in seven innings and Freddy Guzman got a hit, scored a run and had an RBI in his major league debut, leading the San Diego Padres over the Atlanta Braves 11-6 Tuesday night.

Jones gets to 300 in victory

Padres' pitching put away Braves

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.

Philly is problem, not stadium

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?

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

Long awaited Google IPO appears imminent
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- After months of unprecedented hype, Google took a final step toward its long-awaited public stock sale, asking regulators to finalize paperwork that could start trading as early as Wednesday.

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.

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.

Oil prices resume climb toward $47 a barrel

Men's clothier celebrates opening in new location
Silk linings in suit pants help prevent men from wearing holes in the knees.

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.

Retailers report mixed results in second quarter
DALLAS -- The outlook for consumer spending became cloudier Tuesday, after some of the nation's leading retailers reported mixed results for the second quarter.

Web site wants free-speech for foreign gambling ads
NEW ORLEANS -- The operator of a gambling news site on the Internet has asked a federal judge to declare that advertisements in U.S. media for foreign online casinos and sports betting outlets are protected by free-speech rights.

Retailers report mixed results in second quarter

Total South Carolina employment down in July
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina experienced widespread job losses in July, the Employment Security Commission said Tuesday.

Consumer prices decline as factory output, housing construction rebound

Oil prices resume climb toward $47 a barrel
WASHINGTON -- Oil prices set a new record Tuesday, approaching $47 a barrel, as concerns about Iraqi and Russian output dominated markets that had been calmed a day earlier by the results of a vote in Venezuela.

Russian court rejects Yukos' plea to suspend enforcement of tax bill

Consumer prices decline as factory output, housing construction rebound
WASHINGTON -- After months of being buffeted by higher energy costs, consumer prices posted a rare decline in July while output at U.S. factories and construction of new homes and apartments rebounded from their June swoon.

Business briefs

Russian court rejects Yukos' plea to suspend enforcement of tax bill
MOSCOW -- A Russian court rejected the Yukos oil company's appeal Tuesday to suspend government efforts to collect $3.4 billion in back taxes - a massive bill that has put Russia's largest oil producer on the verge of ruin.

Small operations unprepared for overtime rules

10 p.m. slot is field of combat

Oil prices decline; markets still packed with fear

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

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.

Gap between haves, have-nots expands over two decades

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.

Web site wants free-speech for foreign gambling ads

Business briefs
Standard Textile Co. Inc. is increasing the number of employees at its Augusta blanket mill by 25 percent even as the textile industry continues to shed jobs.

Total South Carolina employment down in July

Whitehurst ready to lead Clemson

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.

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.

Longtime Gettysburg coach taking leave of absence

Emporia State female coach loses discrimination case

NCAA rejects Bloom's bid to play football, accept endorsements

NCAA rejects Bloom's bid to play football, accept endorsements
BOULDER, Colo. -- Colorado officials believed they had a plan that would allow Jeremy Bloom to accept skiing endorsements and still play college football.

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.

Rooting for Reese
How important were the Olympic games to the ancient Greeks? Well, for one thing, they built their calendar around the games: Every four years became an "Olympiad." For another thing, if there was a building in Olympia, it was either for worship or athletics.

Rx plan can work

Goodbye, Charley

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.

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

Venezuelans rebuff recall
Two years ago, Venezuela's fiery left-wing populist president, Hugo Chavez, survived a coup attempt. This past weekend, he survived a recall attempt designed to remove him from power two years before his term is due to end.

Quit now, governor
When New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey tried to turn himself into a victim by publicly proclaiming his homosexuality with his wife at his side, then resigning from office effective Nov. 15, he was hailed by gays and liberals for his "courage."

Oprah Winfrey picked for Chicago criminal court jury
CHICAGO -- Oprah Winfrey was picked to serve on a jury at Cook County Criminal Court.

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.

'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
NEW YORK -- Reality TV is getting old. "Survivor" will head into its ninth season on Sept. 16 with a two-hour premiere (8 p.m. ET), CBS announced Tuesday. The new edition, "Survivor: Vanuatu - Islands of Fire," takes place in a nation of over 80 volcano-dotted islands in the southwest Pacific Ocean.

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.

Celebrity dramas playing out in courtroom, drawing public interest
NEW YORK -- The King of Pop, complete with golden armband, returned to court in the child-molestation case against him as supporters cheered. Courtney Love received a date for her trial on drug charges. Prosecutors lost a key appeal in the rape case against NBA star Kobe Bryant.

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.

The top five list
Here are the top five TV shows, movies, music, concerts and video sales.

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.

Reports paint positive picture
WASHINGTON - After months of being buffeted by higher energy costs, consumer prices posted a rare decline in July while output at U.S. factories and construction of new homes and apartments rebounded from their June swoon.

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.

Staples beats Wall Street consensus
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. -- Staples Inc.'s second-quarter profit grew 39 percent and beat Wall Street expectations as sales grew across Staples' office products portfolio, from retail stores to Staples' delivered products and European business.

Home Depot reports nearly 19 percent

Tokyo stocks bounce back
TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks rose slightly Tuesday as investors looked for bargains after sharp falls in recent sessions. The U.S. dollar was down against the Japanese yen.

Home Depot reports nearly 19 percent
ATLANTA -- Record sales and strong performance at stores open at least a year helped The Home Depot Inc. post a nearly 19 percent jump in second-quarter profit and prompted the retail giant to raise its earnings outlook for all of 2004.

Staples beats Wall Street consensus

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.

Rise in oil prices halts strong rally
NEW YORK - Another jump in oil prices pre-empted a strong rally Tuesday on Wall Street, though stocks managed to post modest gains on the strength of a consumer price report that put many investors' inflation fears to rest for the near term.

Reports paint positive picture

Treasury bills mixed in weekly auction

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.

Tokyo stocks end lower

Sysco Corp.'s profit up 16 percent

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.

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.

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

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.

Pa. ginseng farmers hope to ensure future crops of popular root

Pa. ginseng farmers hope to ensure future crops of popular root
FLINTON, Pa. -- For the second year in a row, persistent rain and the fungal blight that comes with it are eating into the state's ginseng harvest.

Celebrity chefs are everywhere in Vegas - except the kitchen
LAS VEGAS -- The waiter appears tableside in the cozy dining room laden with oil paintings, stained glass and hints of cherry and oak. Before reciting the day's special menu items, he recounts the restaurant's devotion to farm-fresh produce and tosses out a morsel about its namesake, chef Bradley Ogden.

Celebrity chefs are everywhere in Vegas - except the kitchen

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.

Timely hitting eludes Jackets
In the three games the Augusta GreenJackets have played against the Lake County Captains, getting runners on base in the first inning has been a bad omen for Augusta.

Sunday swing sends Singh toward Hall

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.

Woods' season is still on empty

Sutton selects Cup veterans

Woods' season is still on empty
AKRON, Ohio - Just think if John Rollins had not missed the 18th green at La Costa with a wedge.

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.

Timely hitting eludes Jackets

Chavez's unexpected power lifts Augusta

Westside story

Westside team is glad to have a field at home

Westside team is glad to have a field at home
As a member of Westside High School's nomadic football team, Jason Williams never felt at home.

Westside story
Players and coaches are excited they don't have to share a stadium with Lucy C. Laney High School and Richmond Academy.

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

NHL, players group remain far apart as deadline nears
NEW YORK - The NHL and the players association moved no closer to a collective bargaining agreement during a five-hour meeting Tuesday.

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.

Boston captain awarded near-record $6.75M in arbitration
TORONTO -- Boston Bruins captain Joe Thornton was awarded a near-record $6.75 million in arbitration Tuesday for the 2004-2005 season.

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.

NHL, players group remain far apart as deadline nears

NHL labor negotiations to resume Tuesday

Boston captain awarded near-record $6.75M in arbitration

Red Wings sign left wing Vandermeer to one-year deal

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.

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.

Cleanup boosting sales at home improvement retailers
ATLANTA -- Home improvement chains are benefiting from Hurricane Charley's aftermath as residents begin the process of repairing their homes from the damage.

Hurricane victims sweat through long lines to get life's basics
PUNTA GORDA, Fla. -- Federal disaster assistance money started flowing to Hurricane Charley's victims and postal workers handed out mail Tuesday outside their damaged building, but hundreds of thousands still had no phones, no running water, no diapers for the baby and no gas to fill the tank.

Insured losses from Charley estimated up to $14 billion
CHICAGO -- Insured losses from Hurricane Charley could total as much as $10 billion to $14 billion, according to industry estimates released Monday as insurers fielded thousands of claims from hard-hit Florida residents.

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.

Chicken, grits are classic duo
I love the convenience of individually frozen chicken tenderloin fillets, which I usually have stashed in my freezer. However, if you're like most cooks, you can quickly get in a "chicken rut," repeating the same preparations week after week.

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.

Abortion just amounts to genocide
Nathan Kirby ("Hitler comparison had many flaws," Aug. 10) writes: "Hitler has nothing in common with either of the two main U.S. political parties. And Hitler held common ground with Fidel Castro, Pol Pot, Josef Stalin, Mao Tse- Tung in that they all adhered to the political ideology of dictatorship: whatever necessary to stay president." Jack L. Mort Belvedere

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

City needs better legal counsel

Ban on smoking is a no-brainer

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

Don't rob smokers of their rights
Firstly, I am a nonsmoker. When I go into a bar or restaurant, I move away from the smokers. I find that they respect my preference, and many move their ashtrays away from me. It would be easy for a nonsmoker to support the smoking ban but for me, it isn't. Neal Campbell Hephzibah

Contamination is not your 'right'

'Doctor Doolittle' was fabulous

Smoking is just freedom of choice

Reparation stance argued weakly

A vote for Bush is a vote for safety
In a recent morning church service, we recognized and praised area educators and prayed for all schoolchildren headed back to the classroom. In our evening worship, we recognized and praised medical missions works and prayed for those soon to return to the mission fields. As I helped my young children into bed, I thought of how little I can really do to protect them outside the area I control. Dave Sam North Augusta, S.C.

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

U.S. dollar will only get weaker
Grocery bills are higher. Filling up an automobile's gas tank costs more. Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan is starting to raise interest rates. Plenty of pundits will point to inflation, but virtually no one explains its meaning or its fundamentally destructive effect. Andy Windham Wagener, S.C.

Abortion just amounts to genocide

Kerry's Purple Hearts are bogus
By the standards John Kerry follows, I should have about 11 Purple Hearts! Jim Baggett Thomson

Don't rob smokers of their rights

'Doctor Doolittle' was fabulous
Recently, I had the opportunity to see The Adventures of Doctor Doolittle with my family. Congratulations to The Young Artists Repertory Theatre Co. and their director, John Greene, on a wonderful production. Elyse Kronowski Martinez

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

Reparation stance argued weakly
In response to a letter written by Pamela Hairston regarding slave reparations ("Slave reparations need dialogue," July 26), Charlie Connell wrote that blacks should be happy about being in the United States instead of being born in Africa ("Proud American opposes reparations," Aug. 9). Theresa Senior Hephzibah

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

Pills plus talk help adolescent depression

Seniors calendar

Freecycle groups offer items with no strings attached

Desert city Phoenix is epicenter for West Nile

The Winner's Circle: Race-Day Revenge

In some places skateboarding trumps Little League

Trampoline gymnastics grows in popularity

Desert city Phoenix is epicenter for West Nile
PHOENIX -- With triple-digit heat and nearly nonexistent rainfall, Phoenix seems an unlikely spot for this year's West Nile virus epicenter. Yet, federal health officials say Arizona is the only state where the mosquito-borne virus is an epidemic.

Trampoline gymnastics grows in popularity
Speed, strength and agility are all well and good, but like House of Pain says, sometimes you just got to jump around.

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.

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

New vaccine seeks to tame bird flu
WASHINGTON -- The National Institutes of Health awarded Chiron Corporation a $1.194 million contract to develop up to 40,000 doses of vaccine against H9N2 avian influenza, a type of bird flu that is less lethal but more widespread than the strain that killed 27 this year in Asia.

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.

Pills plus talk help adolescent depression
CHICAGO -- Combining drugs with talk therapy works best in treating depressed adolescents, the first large study of its kind has found, echoing research in adults showing that treating the disease requires more than a pop-a-pill quick fix.

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.

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.

Across South Carolina
CHARLESTON - Charleston County property owners charged too much under a tax cap that has been declared illegal may file for refunds with the county assessor, the state Supreme Court has ruled.

Neptunium will be sent to Idaho

News you can use
AUG. 18, 1974 Doctors Hospital of Augusta's new youth unit received its first patient Thursday while the psychiatric unit prepared for its Monday opening, according to Bea Mackey, the director of nursing at the hospital.

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.

Around town

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.

Garbage fees won't increase
Augusta's yearly residential garbage rate will remain at $195, which will put the city's solid waste program $4.5 million in the red by the end of 2005, according to city officials.

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

Alliance attracts top researchers
ATLANTA - Brain power is becoming a competitively sought-after commodity.

Increase in river level likely won't occur

Worker gambles on gift shop idea

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.

Neighborhood wants buffer from stadium
Margaret Sammons won't need a ticket to enjoy Friday's home opener at Westside High School. She can hear all the action from her back yard.

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.

Pageant group crowns patient queen for a day
FLORENCE, S.C. - Little Emma Pound may have dreams of becoming a princess, but it was a more royal calling that came her way.

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.

Officials discuss meth problems
ATLANTA - Warning that the deadly drug is tightening its grip on rural Georgia, Gov. Sonny Perdue opened a two-day summit seeking solutions to the state's growing methamphetamine production and abuse 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.

Man is guilty in pal's death

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

Neighborhood wants buffer from stadium

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.

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

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

Council restricts locations of parlors

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.

Rants and raves
IT HAS SADDENED ME to know that Smoak's has closed. Smoak's baked goodies and Wife Saver chicken have been a tradition in our family for years. As my daughter stated in an e-mail, "she will have to be put away if she hears of Wife Saver closing."

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.

Across the area
An Augusta man told police someone stole his Ground Hog T-4 ditch digger from under his carport during the weekend.

Alliance attracts top researchers

Radioactive exercise aids firefighters
Martinez firefighters rushed to the scene where radioactive waste had been spilled, quickly tending to a patient who had been exposed.

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.

Water worries washed ashore
AIKEN - Hurricanes are immensely destructive and frequently deadly. But they are also legendary drought busters, the ultimate counter to the killing dryness of late summer.

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.

Council OKs 3 percent Aiken County hotel tax
If John Burke had spent his $500 at the Holiday Inn Express this October instead of this week, Aiken County would have taken in about $15 from the 3 percent hotel tax the county council voted for Tuesday night.

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.

1st vote allows ban on smoke
The movement to ban smoking in public places gained steam with a successful vote in Columbia County on Tuesday, while Richmond County officials were content to let it simmer until a public hearing can take place.

Rants and raves
IT HAS SADDENED ME to know that Smoak's has closed. Smoak's baked goodies and Wife Saver chicken have been a tradition in our family for years. As my daughter stated in an e-mail, "she will have to be put away if she hears of Wife Saver closing."

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.

Help is headed south

Keys left inside cars add to rise in thefts

Parties see Senate race differently

Across the area

Radioactive exercise aids firefighters

DeMint talks taxes during Aiken visit

Guide gives tours of his UFO site

Edwards brings Kerry's platform to Georgia

Law remains off floor of Congress

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.

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.

Smoke-free ordinance hearing slated for Friday

Officials discuss meth problems

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.

Family speaks of fatal dispute

CDC wants shots scheduled

Phone booth returns to hotel

Help is headed south
Although the Augusta area saw few lasting effects from Hurricane Charley's destructive winds and rain last week, the Category 4 hurricane wrecked parts of Florida's southwestern coast, leaving thousands without power, shelter and clean water.

City seeks donations of water

Worker gambles on gift shop idea
The next time a passenger at Augusta Regional Airport has the urge to quickly pick up a toothbrush or an Augusta souvenir, he might be able to do so without leaving the terminal.

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Across Georgia
SAVANNAH - After 25 years of rapid growth, the Savannah College of Art and Design announced plans Tuesday to open a satellite campus in Atlanta.

Pageant group crowns patient queen for a day

Crime scene is off limits to suspect
Glenn Eric Beasley won't be allowed to go back to the scene of a fatal shooting for which he faces the death penalty, a judge ruled Tuesday.

Kid of the day

Guide gives tours of his UFO site
BOWMAN, S.C. - Fame hasn't gone to that space between Jody Pendarvis' ears. His UFO Welcome Center is still ramshackle.

Tax projects need $30 million

Around town
Suzanne Shimp (left) and Jan Kennedy participate in a Jazzercise class at the North Augusta Riverview Park gym. The classes are held Monday through Friday in the morning and evening.

Two counties will address smoking ban

ACT scores rise, fail to reach national average
AIKEN - More students may have filled in the correct bubbles in ACT booklets in South Carolina this year, but the Palmetto State still lags behind the national average on the college admissions test.

1st vote allows ban on smoke

Man is guilty in pal's death
An Augusta man who was accused in the shooting death of a childhood friend last year was found guilty Tuesday after a jury's two-hour deliberation.

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.

Parties see Senate race differently
ATLANTA - How much importance you see in the race to succeed Democratic U.S. Sen. Zell Miller probably depends on which side of the partisan fence you sit on.

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Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Joshton C. Mincey, 18 months, of Augusta .

Water worries washed ashore

Keys left inside cars add to rise in thefts
It takes only seconds to steal a car, and only seconds to help deter a crime that has been increasing in the area.

Activists shun fruity cigarettes

Council OKs 3 percent Aiken County hotel tax

ACT scores rise, fail to reach national average

Garbage fees won't increase

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.

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.

Across the area

Crime scene is off limits to suspect

Group wants to pay chief more

Activists shun fruity cigarettes
ATLANTA - The colorful images on the boxes of Kool cigarettes depict the urban nightlife. On one, a disc jockey scratches a record. On another, people are captured dancing mid-bounce.

Across South Carolina

Kid of the day

Increase in river level likely won't occur
Keeping more water in portions of the Savannah River between Augusta and Thurmond Dam, as a developer has requested, probably isn't feasible, according to the Army Corps of Engineers.

U-Hall opens to praise of ASU students

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Convicted rapper's phone privileges revoked
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Jailed rapper Shyne, who signed a $3 million record deal and recorded part of his new album while in prison, had his phone privileges revoked Monday and was barred from conducting in-person interviews as authorities investigate whether he may have violated prison rules in making about 100 phone calls.

'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.

Sound Bites: Music Reviews
It doesn't exactly mark a return of the G-funk era, but supergroup 213 has used its first album, "The Hard Way," to nicely update the distinct Southern California sound its members helped popularize a decade ago.

Ashlee Simpson out of sister Jessica's shadow on first try

Ashlee Simpson out of sister Jessica's shadow on first try
NEW YORK -- Ashlee Simpson doesn't have to worry about being in the shadow of her older sister Jessica anymore.

Convicted rapper's phone privileges revoked

'Soundtrack' takes look at troops, music

Driver gets first taste of Cup car

Driver gets first taste of Cup car
SPARTA, Ky. -- NASCAR Craftsman Truck star Carl Edwards got his first laps in a Nextel Cup car Tuesday at Kentucky Speedway and pronounced the experience "awesome."

Prosecutors lose bid to bar testimony on sexual history

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.

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.

Celtics sign Gugliotta, wait on Payton

Griffin plans to change reputation

Dolphins turn to Freeman for help

Broncos waive Stephens

Banks relieved after scary spinal injury

Simms impressive in Bucs' preseason debut

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

NFL Players union files Carter grievance against Cowboys

Falcons' Lavalais putting an end to belly laughs

Vikings cornerback out at least 2 weeks with sprained knee

Beverly makes transition to tight end with Falcons

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Phelps set himself up for a fall

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

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

Americans take gold, bronze in women's saber
ATHENS, Greece -- For the first time in a century, the United States won a gold medal in Olympic fencing, and it added a bronze for good measure.

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

Keller holds off the Thorpedo, Phelps wins two gold medals
ATHENS, Greece -- Now this was a duel in the pool - the world's two greatest swimming powers going head-to-head for more than seven minutes at the Olympics.

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.

U.S. ready for its 'shot' in Olympics
ATHENS, Greece - Adam Nelson has been struck by his sport before.

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.

Women slip to silver
ATHENS, Greece -- The mistakes were so minor. Carly Patterson's foot scraping the lower of the uneven bars. Courtney Kupets' tumbling pass that ended here instead of there. Mohini Bhardwaj's slight stumble on the beam.

A quick look ahead at Wednesday's Olympics
ATHENS, Greece -- Let the games resume. The big happenings at the 2004 Summer Games for Wednesday:

Olympic pin madness sweeps Athens

Kept off German team and caught in hurricane, Weingartner perseveres

League-leading Galaxy fires coach

Overtime

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.

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.

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.

Deion Sanders mulls return with Ravens
WESTMINSTER, Md. -- Could Deion Sanders be ready for an NFL comeback?

Simms impressive in Bucs' preseason debut
TAMPA, Fla. -- Jon Gruden can understand why Tampa Bay fans are talking about Chris Simms.

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.

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.

Beverly makes transition to tight end with Falcons
GREENVILLE, S.C. - For a few days at the start of training camp, a hamstring injury had robbed Eric Beverly of a chance to compete for a starting job on the offensive line. The injury even left him in danger of being released.

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.

New charge filed against Jamal Lewis
ATLANTA -- Baltimore Ravens running back Jamal Lewis, already facing federal drug conspiracy charges, was hit Tuesday with an extra charge of attempting to possess cocaine.

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.

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.

Jury denies family's claims against GM
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The family of former Chiefs star Derrick Thomas is not entitled to any money from General Motors Corp. for the January 2000 crash that killed the nine-time Pro Bowl linebacker, a jury ruled Tuesday.

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.

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

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.

NBC enjoys an Olympic win with last week's ratings

NBC enjoys an Olympic win with last week's ratings
NEW YORK -- NBC took ratings gold, attracting big prime-time audiences for its first three nights of Olympics coverage.

'American Idol' hopefuls descend on capital
WASHINGTON -- They came with their wraparound shades, hair-styling tools and other items essential for a shot at fame.

'American Idol' hopefuls descend on capital

Bobby Fischer announces plans to marry Japanese woman

People in the News

People in the News

Hits keep coming for Dogs' fullback

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.

Hits keep coming for Dogs' fullback
A smile crept across Georgia fullback Des Williams' face as he reflected back to Tuesday's practice when he hit linebacker Jarvis Jackson, knocking the sophomore hard to the turf.

Bailey keeps Coutu from getting a leg up for job

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

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.

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.

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.

Student is designing and selling her own jewelry line

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.

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:

4-1-1

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

Xtreme question of the week

My style

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

Discuss compromise with mom on dating

Toddler chokes to death on popcorn at movie theater

Odds and Ends

Insured losses from Charley estimated up to $14 billion

Hurricane survivors wait for water, gas

Tropical Storm Earl degenerates to tropical wave

Cave used by John the Baptist believed found

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